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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
643 274
The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris

2
540 273
British Museum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World

3
376 161
Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World
St Petersburg

4
501 202
Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World

5
362 203
Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World

6
324 150
Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence

7
408 129
Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican City

8
392 178
Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World

9
291 165
Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

10
334 136
Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands

11
307 128
National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World

12
308 157
Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World

13
407 108
Parthenon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Athens

14
271 144
Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World

15
359 126
Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World

16
752 191
National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Taipei, Taiwan

17
466 132
Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World

18
401 86
Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vienna, Austria

19
368 61
Imperial War Museum London is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World

20
323 105
National Gallery of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Dublin, Republic of Ireland

21
393 538
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World

22
374 63
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Community of Madrid, Spain

23
397 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