For any tourist and art lover, art museum is the best tourist attraction. In any large city, you will find art museum, which usually open for general public. An art museum is always the point of attraction in each and every large city. These art museums were established by the city councils or federal governments (in almost case) to attract tourists and promote art.
8 Most Visited Art Museums in the World
1. Louvre, Paris
Louvre is a beautiful and one of the largest art museums in the world. The museum is situated in Paris, the capital of art and culture. Louvre received more than 9.3 million visitors, which makes it the most visited art museum in the world. The museum was inaugurated on 10th August, 1793 to promote art in France. It consists of decorative arts, Egyptian antiquities, Roman antiquities, Islamic art, and many other form of arts. You should not miss an opportunity to visit this beautiful tourist attraction in Paris.
2. British Museum, London
The British Museum is a museum dedicated to culture and human history, located in the Great Russel Street, London. The museum was inaugurated in 1753 i.e. 262 years ago, which makes it one of the oldest art museums in the world. It is the second most visited art museums in the world by drawing 6,701,036 visitors. The museum has a great collection of ancient Egypt and Sudan, Greece and Rome, the Middle East, Asia, Coins and Medals, and many others.
3. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States. The museum has a collection of more than two million art works. The museum was founded on 13th April, 1870 to promote art and preserve different cultures of the world. It is located in the fifth avenue of the city of New York. The museum drew 6,226,727 visitors annually which makes it one of the most visited art museums in the world.
4. National Gallery, London
National Gallery is an important art museum, located in Trafalgar Square in London. It was founded in 1824, consists of more than 2,300 paintings. National Gallery is the second most visited art museum in the United Kingdom and one of the most visited art museums in the world. The museum drew 6,031,574 visitors in 2013. It is also considered as one of the best places to visit in London.
5. Vatican Museums, Vatican City
Vatican City is one of the smallest nations in the world by population. However, it has one of the most visited art museums in the world. It was established in 1506 to promote art and culture. The museum consists of important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museum drew 5,978,804 visitors in 2013 according to the Art Newspaper.
6. Tate Modern, London
Tate Modern is the third largest art museum in London and the sixth in the world. The museum drew 4,884,939 visitors in 2013, which makes it one of the most visited art museums in the world. It was established in 2000, one of the newest museums in the list. Tate Modern is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world.
7. National Palace Museum, Taipei
The National Palace Museum is an art and antique museum in Taipei, Taiwan. The museum has a great collection of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks. The museum drew 4,500,278 visitors in 2013. The collection of the National Palace Museum encompasses over 10,000 years of Chinese history, covering the most of dynasty.
8. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The National Gallery of Art is located in the National Mall, between third and seventh street in Constitution Avenue NW. The core art collection of the museum was donated by Chester Dale, Alisa Mellon Bruce, Peter Arrel Brown Widener, Paul Mellon, Samuel Henry Kress, and others. The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC drew 4,093,070 visitors annually in 2013. It is one of the most visited art museums in the world by number of visitors.
Article last re-published on February 22, 2016.