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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
622 268
The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris

2
525 267
British Museum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World

3
362 155
Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World
St Petersburg

4
483 195
Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World

5
346 198
Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World

6
307 145
Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence

7
393 126
Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican City

8
376 169
Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World

9
284 161
Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

10
323 133
Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands

11
400 105
Parthenon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Athens

12
301 152
Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World

13
356 122
Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World

14
297 125
National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World

15
264 141
Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World

16
747 188
National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Taipei, Taiwan

17
443 127
Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World

18
396 84
Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vienna, Austria

19
323 101
National Gallery of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Dublin, Republic of Ireland

20
348 57
Imperial War Museum London is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World

21
383 513
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World

22
345 60
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Community of Madrid, Spain

23
370 92
Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Barcelona, Spain

24
262 45
Musée du quai Branly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris, France

25
298 48
Palazzo Pitti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence, Italy