Popular Art Museums of the World

A list of the world's most-visited art museums attracting more than 2 million visitors annually.
a data set by WorldExplorer
created January 29, 2017
MuseumAlso Known asPictureLocationContinentNumber of Annual VisitorsYear Established as MuseumArea of Gallery Space (square meters)Area of Gallery Space (square feet)CollectionApproximate Number of Pieces of CollectionExample of CollectionFact
Palace Museum Forbidden CityBeijing,  ChinaAsia16,000,0001922Paintings; Ceramics; Seals; Steles; Sculptures; Inscribed wares; Bronze wares; Enamel objects; Palace artifacts1,807,558 It is the most visited art museum in the world, and has the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
LouvreParis,  FranceEurope7,300,000179372,735782,910 Egyptian antiquities; Near Eastern antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities; Islamic art; Sculpture; Decorative arts; Paintings; Prints and drawings380,000It is the largest museum and the second most visited museum in the world.
British MuseumLondon, United KingdomEurope6,820,000175325,700277,000Antiques and artifacts from all continents representing the ancient and modern cultures of the world8,000,000Its permanent collection is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence originating from all continents.
Metropolitan Museum of Artthe MetNew York City,  United StatesNorth America6,700,000187058,820633,100Ancient Near Eastern art; Arms and armor; Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; Asian art; The Costume Institute; Drawings and prints; Egyptian art; European paintings; European sculpture and decorative arts; The American Wing; Greek and Roman art; Islamic art; Medieval art and the Cloisters; Modern and contemporary art; Musical instruments; Photographs2,000,000It is the largest art museum in the United States.
Vatican MuseumsVatican CityEurope6,002,251150643,000460,000Modern religious paintings and sculptures; Sculpture museums; Vatican Historical Museum; The red marble papal throne; Roman sculpture, tombstones, and inscriptions; Topographical maps of the whole Italy; Frescoes and other works70,000Its collection includes some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.
National GalleryLondon,  United KingdomEurope5,900,000182411,000120,000Western paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 19002,300Its collection is small in size, compared with many European national galleries, but it represents most major developments in Western painting.
National Palace MuseumTaipei,  TaiwanAsia5,301,860192596,000103,000Ancient Chinese artifacts in antiquities, painting and calligraphy, and rare books and documents696,422It has one of the world's largest collection in ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, which encompasses over 10000 years of Chinese history.
Tate ModernLondon,  United KingdomEurope4,700,000200012,427133,760International modern and contemporary art in the forms of painting, drawing, sculpture and prints, photography, video and film, installation and performanceIt is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world, holding a collection of international modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day.
National Gallery of ArtWashington, D.C., United StatesNorth America4,104,331193725,200271,000Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts 120,000It is one of the largest museums in North America, holding the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas and the largest mobile created by Alexander Calder.
State Hermitage MuseumSt. Petersburg,  RussiaEurope3,668,031176466,842719,480Egyptian antiquities; Classical antiquities; Prehistoric art; Jewelry and decorative art; Italian and Spanish fine art; Western European arms and armour; Dutch Golden Age and Flemish Baroque; German, British, Swiss and French fine art; Russian art; Neoclassical, Impressionist, and post-Impressionist art3,000,000It has the largest collection of paintings in the world.
Queen Sofía MuseumMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS); Museo Reina Sofía; The Sofia; El Reina SofíaMadrid,  SpainEurope3,646,598199214,756158,830Mainly Spanish art; A free-access library specializing in art It is Spain's national museum of 20th-century art, whose highlights include excellent collections of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
Victoria and Albert Museumthe V&ALondon, United KingdomEurope3,460,500185230,000320,0005000 years of art from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa in the forms of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs4,500,000It is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design.
Musée d'OrsayParis,  FranceEurope3,440,000198616,853181,400Mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography6,000 It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world.
Musée National d'Art ModerneNational Museum of Modern ArtParis,  FranceEurope3,335,509194717,000183,000Modern and contemporary art since 1905 in painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, cinema, new media, architecture and design 100,000It has the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world.
Somerset HouseLondon, United KingdomEurope3,235,1041932Paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works from medieval to modern times26,000Originally a Tudor palace, currently it houses the Courtauld Gallery, which has an important collection of old master and impressionist paintings.
Museum of Modern ArtMoMANew York City, United StatesNorth America3,066,337192911,600125,000Modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist's books, film, and electronic media200,000It has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world.
National Museum of KoreaSeoul,  South KoreaAsia3,052,823194527,090291,600Artifacts from the Paleolithic Age to the early 20th century, including royal artifacts, calligraphy and painting, Korean Buddhist sculpture and craftwork, and other Asian artwork310,000It is the flagship museum of Korean history and art in South Korea.
Museo del Prado Prado MuseumMadrid, SpainEurope3,033,754181915,400166,000European artworks from the 12th century to the early 20th century in paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, other works of art, and historic documentsIt is the main Spanish national art museum featuring one of the world's finest collections of European art and the best single collection of Spanish art.
National Folk Museum of KoreaSeoul, South KoreaAsia2,705,8141945Replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people122,550It is a national museum of South Korea, located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Jongno-gu, Seoul.
National Gallery of Victoriathe NGVMelbourne,  AustraliaOceania2,273,907186113,000140,000Australian collection: Indigenous (Australian Aboriginal) art and artefacts, Australian colonial art, Australian Impressionist art, 20th century, modern and contemporary art; International collection: European and international paintings, fashion and textiles, photography, prints and drawings, Asian art, decorative arts, Mesoamerican art, Pacific art, sculpture, antiquities, and global contemporary art73,000It is Australia's oldest, largest and most visited art museum.
RijksmuseumNational MuseumAmsterdam, NetherlandsEurope2,200,000180014,500156,000 Arts, crafts, and history from the years 1200 to 20001,000,000It is the largest art museum in Neitherlands, dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam.
Van Gogh MuseumAmsterdam,  NetherlandsEurope2,100,0001973 Van Gogh's paintings, drawings, and letters; Notable art works by Van Gogh's contemporaries in the Impressionist and post-Impressionist movementsThe museum's collection is the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world.
The National Art CenterTokyo,  JapanAsia2,039,947200714,000150,000Temporary exhibitions sponsored and curated by other organizationsUnlike Japan's other national art museums, it is an "empty museum" without a collection, permanent display, and curators.
Centro Cultural Banco do BrasilBank of Brazil Cultural CenterRio de Janeiro, BrazilSouth America2,034,3971989Theatres, cinemas, and multiple art galleries with temporary exhibitionsIt does not collect any artworks or produce any of the projects. It just receives proposals and approves the projects that will be realized.
National Portrait GalleryLondon, United KingdomEurope2,014,6361856Portraits of historically important and famous British people in the forms of photographs, caricatures, paintings, drawings, and sculpture200,000It was the first portrait gallery in the world.