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This list of the most visited museums in the world, comes with pictures, and will give you plenty of ideas for top museums to see on your own travels. For some, "the most popular" means "the best," and these are definitely some of the most famous museums anywhere. The top museums in the world are often major tourist attractions, and can be a museum of natural history, art, science, or be dedicated to any number of other topics. 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 greatest museums in the world? This list contains the top 50 famous museums around the world from many different countries, so there won't be a shortage of famous places on this list. 

Check out more lists like famous art museums, the top museums to visit in the US and the most engaging children's museums.

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The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
The Louvre Paris

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Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World
National Palace Museum Taipei, Taiwan

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Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Uffizi Gallery Florence

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British Museum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Hermitage Museum St Petersburg

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Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Netherlands

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National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

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Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican Museums Vatican City

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Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Parthenon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Parthenon Athens

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Museum of Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Museum of Modern Art New York City, New York, USA

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National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Smithsonian American Art Museu... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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National Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York City, New York, USA

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Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Austria

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American Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World
American Museum of Natural History New York City, New York, USA

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National Air and Space Museum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican Museums

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Galleria degli Uffizi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Philadelphia Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Galleria Borghese is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Galleria Borghese Rome, Italy

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Field Museum of Natural Histor... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Getty Center is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Getty Center California, USA

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Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Museu Picasso Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona Museum of Contempora... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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The Guggenheim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Pergamonmuseum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Community of Madrid, Spain

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National Museum of American Hi... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Los Angeles County Museum of A... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Altes Museum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Altes Museum Germany

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Anne Frank House is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Anne Frank House Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Deutsches Museum is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Deutsches Museum Munich, Germany

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Deutsches Historisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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National Gallery of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the World
National Gallery of Ireland Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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Alcatraz Island California, USA

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Amsterdam Museum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands