Culture The Best Museums in the World  

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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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1
649 275
The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris
2
543 276
British Museum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World
3
381 161
Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World
St Petersburg
4
505 203
Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World
5
366 205
Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World
6
330 150
Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence
7
412 129
Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican City
8
394 183
Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World
9
294 165
Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
10
336 138
Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands
11
309 129
National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World
12
272 144
Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World
13
308 158
Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World
14
408 110
Parthenon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Athens
15
360 126
Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World
16
754 191
National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Taipei, Taiwan
17
468 132
Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World
18
403 86
Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vienna, Austria
19
370 61
Imperial War Museum London is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World
20
398 540
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World
21
323 105
National Gallery of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
22
376 63
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Community of Madrid, Spain
23
401 94
Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Barcelona, Spain
24
322 50
Palazzo Pitti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence, Italy
25
264 47
Musée du quai Branly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris, France