The 10 Most Visited Museums in the World

1. Louvre, Paris


Over the centuries, museums have established themselves in the collective imagination as icons of human civilization. Real temples of wisdom, they have always been considered among the major tourist attractions as they collect the cultural heritage of people – tangible proofs of the progress of scientific, artistic, and historical doctrine.

It is well known that today there are various forms and types of tourism; however, cultural holidays continue to be widely appreciated by travelers. That’s why we offer you a list of the 10 most visited museums in the world.

NOTE: The following ranking is based on the latest report provided by the non-profit Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) in collaboration with the multinational AECOM, an American company in the engineering/construction sector.

Museum Visitors
Natural History Museum of New York 5.000.000
Natural History Museum in London 5.226.000
National Gallery in London 5.736.000
Tate Modern in London 5.829.000
British Museum in London 5.869.000
National Air and Space Museum of Washington 6.200.000
Vatican Museums, Vatican City 6.756.000
The Met in New York 7.360.000
National Museum of China in Beijing 8.610.000
Louvre in Paris 10.200.000

10. Museum of Natural History, New York

10. Museum of Natural History, New York

With its 33 million specimens of plants, animals, rocks, meteorites, and human remains, located in 28 buildings, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Being located opposite Central Park, it also offers the opportunity to admire the planetarium and a library.

Hours: Open every day from 10:00 to 17:45. Closed on December 24th (Christmas) and Thanksgiving.

Ticket price: Adults $23.00 (approximately €20.00), children from 2-12 $13.00 (approximately €11.60), children and students $18.00 (approximately €16.00)

9. Natural History Museum, London

9. Natural History Museum, London

Referred to as the Cathedral of Nature, the Natural History Museum of London houses numerous specimens and scientific objects on the earth and its living beings. Inside, there are more than 80 million objects, including the famous specimens collected by Charles Darwin. You will also find numerous specimens ranging from botany to mineralogy, from paleontology to zoology. And, there are numerous dinosaur skeletal exhibits this museum is well-known for.

Hours: Every day from 10:00 to 17:50. Closed on 24th and 26th December.

Ticket price: free admission, only some contents require a paid ticket.

8. National Gallery, London

8. National Gallery, London

The National Gallery in London is so full of relics that it would take months to properly appreciate each of them (over 3.200 paintings). Nestled in the heart of London, the Gallery has been collecting works of art since 1824 and its collection includes centuries and artistic styles.

Hours: Every day from 10:00 to 18:00, on Fridays from 10:00 to 21:00. Closed from December 24th to 26th and on January 1st)

Ticket price: free admission, only some contents require a paid ticket

7. Tate Modern, London

7. Tate Modern, London
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Belonging to the English Tate complex (Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, and Tate Online) the museum is one of the most important galleries in entire London. It is located in the factories of the former Bankside thermoelectric plant, today it houses some of the most beautiful works of modern and contemporary art in the world from 1900 to today.

Hours: Sunday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00

Ticket price: free admission, only some contents require a paid ticket

6. British Museum, London

6. British Museum, London

Still in the capital of England, we look at the British Museum, one of the largest and most important museums in the history of the world. Its importance is proven by the nearly 6 million visitors per year and it’s a must-see tourist spot in this city.

Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00

Ticket price: free admission, only some contents require a paid ticket

5. National Air and Space Museum, Washington

5. National Air and Space Museum, Washington

The museum (along with its second location, the Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia) contains the largest and most significant collection of aeronautical and space artifacts in the world. Since its opening, this sensational temple of culture and history has educated and inspired generations of pilots and astronauts from around the world. Here, you can see incredible artifacts, including the original 1903 Wright Flyer, one of the most important aircraft of the pioneering era.

Hours: Every day from 10:00 to 17:30. The work hours extend until 19:30 in the spring and summer months. Open every day, except December 25th.

Ticket price: Free entry

4. Vatican Museums, Vatican City

4. Vatican Museums, Vatican City

Founded by Pope Julius II, the Vatican Museums take the 4th position on the list with nearly 7 million visitors per year. Inside, you can find exhibited a huge collection of works accumulated by the Popes over the centuries.

Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00. Closed on Sundays, except for the last one of the month.

Ticket price: Approximately €16.00 for admission. Admission is free on the last Sunday of the month

3. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

3. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

“The Met”, as the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York is often called, ranks third with 7.360.000 visitors per year.

Inside, there are over 2 million works of art permanently exhibited, divided into 19 sections. There are also encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, clothes, and weapons from all over the world.

Hours: From Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 10:00 to 17:30, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00

Ticket price: Varies between $17 and $25 (€15 – €23)

2. National Museum of China, Beijing

2. National Museum of China, Beijing

The National Museum of China is located right next to the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen and is arguably the best Chinese museum as well as one of the most visited in the world. It preserves one of the largest collections from Chinese history, with very ancient artifacts from the imperial era, the Second World War, the Communist victory, and modern history.

Hours: Every day from 9:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays

Ticket price: Free for basic exhibitions and permanent galleries

1. Louvre, Paris: 10,200,000 visitors

1. Louvre, Paris


Which, if not the most famous museum in the world, could win the gold medal? The Louvre takes the first position on the podium with 10.200.000 annual visitors from all corners of the globe.

Currently, the museum collection includes some of the most famous works of art, such as “Mona Lisa” and “Virgin of the Rocks” by the master Leonardo da Vinci, “Venus de Milo” by Nike of Samothrace, and “The Freedom that Leads the People” by Eugène Delacroix.

Hours: Every day from 9:30 to 18:00, closed on Tuesday

Ticket price: Around €15 for all content

The Most Visited Museums in North America

The Most Visited Museums in North America
Position Museum Where is it Visitors
10 Houston Museum Of Natural Science Houston, USA 2,313,000
9 National Museum Of African American History And Culture Washington DC, USA 2,400,000
8 California Science Center Los Angeles, USA 2,520,000
7 The Museum Of Modern Art New York, USA 2,774,000
6 National Museum Of American History Washington DC, USA 3,800,000
5 National Gallery Of Art Washington DC, USA 4,404,000
4 National Museum Of Natural History Washington DC, USA 4,800,000
3 American Museum Of Natural History New York, USA 5,000,000
2 National Air And Space Museum Washington DC, USA 6,200,000
1 The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, USA 7,360,000


The Most Visited Museums in Asia-Pacific

Position Museum Where is it Visitors
10 National Gallery Of Victoria Melbourne, Australia 3,200,000
9 National Museum Of Korea Seoul, South Korea 3,300,000
8 Gansu Provincial Museum Lanzhou, China 3,500,000
7 Shanghai Science & Technology Museum Shanghai, China 3,540,000
6 Hunan Provincial Museum Hunan, China 3,600,000
5 Nanjing Museum Nanjing, China 3,670,000
4 National Palace Museum (Taiwan) Taipei, Taiwan 3,860,000
3 Zhejiang Museum Hangzhou, China 4,200,000
2 China Science Technology Museum Beijing, China 4,400,000
1 National Museum Of China Beijing, China 8,610,000


The Most Visited Museums in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa)

Position Museum Where is it Visitors
10 Center Pompidou Paris, France 3,552,000
9 Reina Sofía Madrid, Spain 3,898,000
8 Victoria & Albert Museum London, UK 3,968,000
7 State Hermitage St. Petersburg, Russia 4,294,000
6 Natural History Museum London, UK 5,226,000
5 National Gallery London, UK 5,736,000
4 Tate Modern London, UK 5,829,000
3 British Museum London, UK 5,869,000
2 Vatican museums Vatican CITY 6,756,000
1 Louvre Paris, France 10,200,000