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The Best Museums in the World

A list of the most visited museums in the world, with pictures. For some, "the most popular" means "the best", and these are definitely some of the most famous museums anywhere. Top museums are often major tourist attractions, and can be a museum of natural history, art, science, or many others. Early museums were collections owned by private individuals.

Whether these collections were open to the public was up to the owner. Today, museums are institutions dedicated to the study and exhibition of art, artifacts, and other objects of importance. One can only imagine the collections necessary to make the museums on this list some of the best museums in the world.

What are the best museums in the world? This list contains the top 50 museums in the world, so there won't be a shortage of famous places on this list. 

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    The Louvre

    Paris More
    100
  2. 2
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    most listed
    British Museum

    London More
    97
  3. 3
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    Down 66
    New York City More
    93
  4. 4
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    ranked low on reranks
    Uffizi Gallery

    Florence More
    92
  5. 5
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    Paris More
    91
  6. 6
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    Madrid More
    88
  7. 7
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    Down 26
    St Petersburg More
    88
  8. 8
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    Amsterdam, Netherlands More
    87
  9. 9
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    Down 31

    Van Gogh Museum

    Amsterdam More
    86
  10. 10
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    Florence More
    84
  11. 11
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    83
  12. 12
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    Chicago More
    83
  13. 13
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    Athens More
    78
  14. 14
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    ranked low on reranks
    Vatican Museums

    Vatican City More
    74
  15. 15
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    Amsterdam More
    74
  16. 16
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tate Modern, London

    74
  17. 17
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    New York City, New York, United States of America More
    73
  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    Parthenon

    Athens More
    72
  19. 19
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    ranked low on reranks
    Smithsonian American Art Museum

    72
  20. 20
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    Paris More
    71
  21. 21
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    New York City, New York, United States of America More
    68
  22. 22
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    Washington, D.C. More
    64
  23. 23
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    London More
    64
  24. 24
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    National Gallery of Ireland

    Dublin, Republic of Ireland More
    63
  25. 25
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    Vienna, Austria More
    61
  26. 26
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    Washington, D.C. More
    58
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  27. 27
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    California, United States of America More
    58
  28. 28
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    ranked low on reranks
    Galleria Borghese

    Rome, Italy More
    56
  29. 29
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    California, United States of America More
    56
  30. 30
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    Barcelona, Spain More
    55
  31. 31
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    Germany More
    54
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    54
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    Germany More
    54
  34. 34
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    53
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  35. 35
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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America More
    52
  36. 36
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    Paris, France More
    52
  37. 37
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    New York City, New York, United States of America More
    52
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  38. 38
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    California, United States of America More
    51
  39. 39
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    Bilbao, Spain More
    51
  40. 40
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    50
  41. 41
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    ranked low on reranks
    Musée du Louvre

    50
  42. 42
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    Taipei, Taiwan More
    50
  43. 43
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    Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America More
    50
  44. 44
    Up 24
    Down 15
    Madrid, Spain More
    49
  45. 45
    Up 19
    Down 5
    Amsterdam, Netherlands More
    49
  46. 46
    Up 29
    Down 14
    49
  47. 47
    Up 33
    Down 28
    Barcelona, Spain More
    49
  48. 48
    Up 8
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    Madrid, Spain More
    49
  49. 49
    Up 10
    Down 14
    United Kingdom More
    48
  50. 50
    Up 7
    Down 7
    Paris, France More
    48
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