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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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430 178
The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
The Louvre Paris

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2
362 144
Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World

3
290 177
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World

4
576 143
National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World
National Palace Museum Taipei, Taiwan

5
260 149
Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World

6
231 110
Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Uffizi Gallery Florence

7
323 207
British Museum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World

8
203 111
Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Hermitage Museum St Petersburg

9
206 100
Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Netherlands

10
162 105
National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World

11
171 113
Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

12
186 143
Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World

13
197 85
Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican Museums Vatican City

14
157 106
Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World

15
153 110
Museum of Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Museum of Modern Art New York City, New York, USA

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144 78
Parthenon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Parthenon Athens

17
117 92
National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World

18
154 102
Smithsonian American Art Museu... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World

19
127 82
National Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World

20
107 126
Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World

21
94 65
Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Austria

22
104 126
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

23
100 68
National Air and Space Museum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added National Air and Space Museum Washington, D.C.

24
90 120
Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World

25
84 58
American Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added American Museum of Natural History New York City, New York, USA

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114 102
Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the World

27
85 99
Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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74 42
Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican Museums

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89 77
Getty Center is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Getty Center California, USA

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95 43
Galleria degli Uffizi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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78 82
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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51 54
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA

33
86 68
Galleria Borghese is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Galleria Borghese Rome, Italy

34
51 42
Field Museum of Natural Histor... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the World
ChangesDownClub added Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, Illinois, USA

35
79 73
Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Museu Picasso Barcelona, Spain

36
94 82
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the World

37
65 45
Pergamonmuseum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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60 42
The Guggenheim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the World

39
88 94
Barcelona Museum of Contempora... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the World

40
77 92
Los Angeles County Museum of A... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the World

41
46 42
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Community of Madrid, Spain

42
64 60
National Museum of American Hi... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the World

43
59 52
Altes Museum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Altes Museum Germany

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57 48
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the World

45
36 31
Anne Frank House is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Anne Frank House Amsterdam, Netherlands

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46 36
Deutsches Museum is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Deutsches Museum Munich, Germany

47
46 47
Deutsches Historisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, Germany

48
15 1
Acropolis Museum is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the World
apollon-smyrnis added Acropolis Museum Athens, Greece

49
46 77
National Gallery of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the World
National Gallery of Ireland Dublin, Republic of Ireland

50
34 33
Palazzo Pitti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Palazzo Pitti Florence, Italy