20 Most Popular Museums in the World
This week the Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM released their 2014 Museum Index which ranks the world’s most popular museums by the amount of visitors they had. Once again the Louvre in Paris ranks as the number one museum in the world. Here is a list of the top 20 most popular museums in the world.
1. Louvre, Paris, France
Louvre attracted 9.3 million visitors in 2014 making it the most popular museum in the world.
2. National Museum of China, Beijing
The National Museum of China was the second most visited museum in the world with 7.6 million visitors.
3. National Museum of Natural History, Washington
The National Museum of Natural History dropped one spot to become the third most visited museum in the world. Attendance dropped nearly 9% from 8 million to 7.3 million.
4. National Air and Space Museum, Washington
Smithsonian National Air and Space museum received 6.7 million visitors as one of the most popular museums.
5. British Museum, London
British Museum is the fifth most popular museum with 6.7 million visitors.
6. National Gallery, London
6.4 million visitors
7. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
6.3 million visitors
8. Vatican Museums, Vatican City
Vatican Museums had a 13% increase in attendance with 6.2 million visitors.
9. Tate Modern, London
Tate Modern had an 18% increase in attendance with 5.8 million visitors.
10. National Palace Museum, Taiwan
National Palace Museum in Taiwan had a 22% increase in attendance with 5.4 million visitors.
11. Natural History Museum, London
5.4 million visitors
12. American Museum of Natural History, New York
American Museum of Natural History had 5 million visitors.
13. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
The attendance at this museum jumped nearly 18% to 4.2 million visitors.
14. National Museum of American History, Washington
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History had an 18% decline in attendance with 4 million visitors.
15. National Gallery of Art, Washington
National Gallery of Art welcomed 3.9 million visitors.
16. National Museum of Korea, Seoul
This museum had 3.5 million visitors, a 16% increase making it one of the most popular museums in the world.
17. Musee d’Orsay, Paris
This art museum welcomed 3.5 million visitors.
18. Centre Pompidou, Paris
Centre Pompidou is the 18th most visited museum even though attendance dropped by nearly 8% with 3.5 million visitors.
19. Science Museum, London
Science Museum in South Kensington had 3.4 million visitors.
20. National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul
National Folk Museum of Korea had a 21% increase in attendance with 3.3 million visitors.