Popular Art Museums of the World
A list of the world's most-visited art museums attracting more than 2 million visitors annually.
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created January 29, 2017
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|Museum||Also Known as||Picture||Location||Continent||Number of Annual Visitors||Year Established as Museum||Area of Gallery Space (square meters)||Area of Gallery Space (square feet)||Collection||Approximate Number of Pieces of Collection||Example of Collection||Fact|
|Palace Museum||Forbidden City||Beijing, China||Asia||16,000,000||1922||Paintings; Ceramics; Seals; Steles; Sculptures; Inscribed wares; Bronze wares; Enamel objects; Palace artifacts||1,807,558||It is the most visited art museum in the world, and has the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.|
|Louvre||Paris, France||Europe||7,300,000||1793||72,735||782,910||Egyptian antiquities; Near Eastern antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities; Islamic art; Sculpture; Decorative arts; Paintings; Prints and drawings||380,000||It is the largest museum and the second most visited museum in the world.|
|British Museum||London, United Kingdom||Europe||6,820,000||1753||25,700||277,000||Antiques and artifacts from all continents representing the ancient and modern cultures of the world||8,000,000||Its permanent collection is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence originating from all continents.|
|Metropolitan Museum of Art||the Met||New York City, United States||North America||6,700,000||1870||58,820||633,100||Ancient 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; Photographs||2,000,000||It is the largest art museum in the United States.|
|Vatican Museums||Vatican City||Europe||6,002,251||1506||43,000||460,000||Modern 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 works||70,000||Its collection includes some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.|
|National Gallery||London, United Kingdom||Europe||5,900,000||1824||11,000||120,000||Western paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900||2,300||Its collection is small in size, compared with many European national galleries, but it represents most major developments in Western painting.|
|National Palace Museum||Taipei, Taiwan||Asia||5,301,860||1925||96,000||103,000||Ancient Chinese artifacts in antiquities, painting and calligraphy, and rare books and documents||696,422||It has one of the world's largest collection in ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, which encompasses over 10000 years of Chinese history.|
|Tate Modern||London, United Kingdom||Europe||4,700,000||2000||12,427||133,760||International modern and contemporary art in the forms of painting, drawing, sculpture and prints, photography, video and film, installation and performance||It 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 Art||Washington, D.C., United States||North America||4,104,331||1937||25,200||271,000||Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts||120,000||It 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 Museum||St. Petersburg, Russia||Europe||3,668,031||1764||66,842||719,480||Egyptian 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 art||3,000,000||It has the largest collection of paintings in the world.|
|Queen Sofía Museum||Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS); Museo Reina Sofía; The Sofia; El Reina Sofía||Madrid, Spain||Europe||3,646,598||1992||14,756||158,830||Mainly 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 Museum||the V&A||London, United Kingdom||Europe||3,460,500||1852||30,000||320,000||5000 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 photographs||4,500,000||It is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design.|
|Musée d'Orsay||Paris, France||Europe||3,440,000||1986||16,853||181,400||Mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography||6,000||It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world.|
|Musée National d'Art Moderne||National Museum of Modern Art||Paris, France||Europe||3,335,509||1947||17,000||183,000||Modern and contemporary art since 1905 in painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, cinema, new media, architecture and design||100,000||It has the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world.|
|Somerset House||London, United Kingdom||Europe||3,235,104||1932||Paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works from medieval to modern times||26,000||Originally a Tudor palace, currently it houses the Courtauld Gallery, which has an important collection of old master and impressionist paintings.|
|Museum of Modern Art||MoMA||New York City, United States||North America||3,066,337||1929||11,600||125,000||Modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist's books, film, and electronic media||200,000||It has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world.|
|National Museum of Korea||Seoul, South Korea||Asia||3,052,823||1945||27,090||291,600||Artifacts from the Paleolithic Age to the early 20th century, including royal artifacts, calligraphy and painting, Korean Buddhist sculpture and craftwork, and other Asian artwork||310,000||It is the flagship museum of Korean history and art in South Korea.|
|Museo del Prado||Prado Museum||Madrid, Spain||Europe||3,033,754||1819||15,400||166,000||European artworks from the 12th century to the early 20th century in paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, other works of art, and historic documents||It 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 Korea||Seoul, South Korea||Asia||2,705,814||1945||Replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people||122,550||It is a national museum of South Korea, located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Jongno-gu, Seoul.|
|National Gallery of Victoria||the NGV||Melbourne, Australia||Oceania||2,273,907||1861||13,000||140,000||Australian 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 art||73,000||It is Australia's oldest, largest and most visited art museum.|
|Rijksmuseum||National Museum||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Europe||2,200,000||1800||14,500||156,000||Arts, crafts, and history from the years 1200 to 2000||1,000,000||It is the largest art museum in Neitherlands, dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam.|
|Van Gogh Museum||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Europe||2,100,000||1973||Van Gogh's paintings, drawings, and letters; Notable art works by Van Gogh's contemporaries in the Impressionist and post-Impressionist movements||The museum's collection is the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world.|
|The National Art Center||Tokyo, Japan||Asia||2,039,947||2007||14,000||150,000||Temporary exhibitions sponsored and curated by other organizations||Unlike Japan's other national art museums, it is an "empty museum" without a collection, permanent display, and curators.|
|Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil||Bank of Brazil Cultural Center||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||South America||2,034,397||1989||Theatres, cinemas, and multiple art galleries with temporary exhibitions||It 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 Gallery||London, United Kingdom||Europe||2,014,636||1856||Portraits of historically important and famous British people in the forms of photographs, caricatures, paintings, drawings, and sculpture||200,000||It was the first portrait gallery in the world.|