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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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British Museum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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323 143
Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Hermitage Museum St Petersburg

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Museo Nacional Del Prado 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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Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican Museums Vatican City

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Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

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Tate Modern, London 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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Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Parthenon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Parthenon Athens

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National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World
National Palace Museum Taipei, Taiwan

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Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Austria

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Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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National Gallery of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World
National Gallery of Ireland Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Community of Madrid, Spain

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Imperial War Museum London is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Musée du quai Branly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Musée du quai Branly Paris, France

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Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Museu Picasso Barcelona, Spain

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Anne Frank House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Anne Frank House Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Galleria Borghese is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Galleria Borghese Rome, Italy

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Palazzo Pitti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Palazzo Pitti Florence, Italy

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Barcelona Museum of Contempora... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Österreichische Galerie Belved... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle d... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Deutsches Historisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, Germany

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Pergamonmuseum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Musée d'Art Moderne de la Vill... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Acropolis Museum is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the World
apollon-smyrnis added Acropolis Museum Athens, Greece

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National Gallery of Victoria is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Altes Museum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Altes Museum Germany

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National Museum of Anthropolog... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the World
KirkMarkus added National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

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Toledo Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the World
ChristopherM.Brown added Toledo Museum of Art

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Deutsches Museum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Deutsches Museum Munich, Germany

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Amsterdam Museum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Alte Pinakothek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Sparwasser added Alte Pinakothek Munich, Germany

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Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Neue Pinakothek is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Sparwasser added Neue Pinakothek Munich, Germany

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Galleria degli Uffizi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Charlottenburg Palace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Keith A. West added Charlottenburg Palace Berlin, Germany

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National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Tokyo National Museum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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Tate Britain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Tate Britain