Discover the 12 Most Popular Museums in the World

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Whether you want to glimpse our history, appreciate fine art, or learn about our universe, the museum is the place to go. There are many all over the world, but here are some of the most popular.

1. Louvre Museum – Paris

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Home to the art that helped us define our history, the Louvre sees over 9 million visitors every year. With famous works like Aphrodite’s statue and the Mona Lisa, it’s no surprise why people flock here.

2. Vatican Museums – Vatican City

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The Catholic Church has a long and vast history, with a grand collection to show for it. The Vatican Museums host over 70,000 works from major historical eras and have about 6 million visitors annually. 

3. National Museum of China – Beijing

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A huge museum that spans from China’s earliest relics to more modern displays that go over current politics and culture. With over 1.3 million objects and around 7 million visitors, this museum deserves the popular title. 

4. Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art gallery in the US, its works span back around 5,000 years all the way to modern times. Exhibits change periodically, with over two million works as part of its permanent collection.

5. National Air and Space Museum – Washington, D.C.

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With such a niche topic, we wouldn’t have guessed this as one of the most popular museums. The National Air and Space Museum focuses on human air and space travel and sees eight million visitors a year. 

6. British Museum – London

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You can find some of history’s most interesting pieces here, like the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. With over seven million artifacts spanning back to ancient civilizations, it’s no wonder they have over six million guests every year.

7. Tate Modern – London

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Although new compared to the other museums on this list, Tate Modern is extremely popular, with almost six million annual visitors. Over seven stories and featuring huge gallery rooms, you can find art from Picasso all the way to modern immersive exhibits.

8. Natural History Museum – New York City

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Everything you want to know about our natural world, entomology, botany, paleontology, zoology, and mineralogy. The Natural History Museum has about 5.5 million guests yearly and 80 million specimens from Earth’s past. 

9. American Museum of Natural History – Washington, D.C.

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What can we say, people are fascinated about our past and dinosaurs. Though they only have about 34 million specimens compared to the 80 million of the one mentioned above, the American Museum of Natural History still sees about 5 million guests.

10. State Hermitage – Saint Petersburg, Russia

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This museum is one of the oldest in the world, having been founded in 1764. It is also the second-largest art museum that showcases Russia’s rich history. They have about 5 million visitors annually. Although not currently recommended for travel, hopefully, Russia will someday be safe for Westerners who can then explore this popular museum.

11. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

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A museum that focuses on the more modern ideas of society. They have amazing exhibits like the World of Robots and Spectrum of Life. Opened in 2001, they have already grown to be one of the most popular, with almost five million guests every year.

12. Reina Sofía – Madrid

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Focusing on 20th-century art, the Reina Sofía contains works from artists such as Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. They pride themselves on painting a picture of history through, well, paintings and pictures. Constantly pushing the envelope in their modern installations.

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