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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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The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris
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Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
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Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World
St Petersburg
5
British Museum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Barcelona, Spain
11
National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Taipei, Taiwan
12
Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican City
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National Gallery of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands
15
Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence
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National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Community of Madrid, Spain
18
Imperial War Museum London is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vienna, Austria
20
Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Acropolis Museum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World
apollon-smyrnis added Acropolis Museum Athens, Greece