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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
610 264
The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris

2
518 261
British Museum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World

3
357 152
Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World
St Petersburg

4
476 191
Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World

5
337 194
Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World

6
302 140
Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence

7
389 122
Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican City

8
374 165
Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World

9
278 158
Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

10
317 130
Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands

11
295 121
National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World

12
394 103
Parthenon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Athens

13
262 137
Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World

14
354 121
Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World

15
298 151
Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World

16
744 186
National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Taipei, Taiwan

17
394 81
Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vienna, Austria

18
437 123
Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World

19
321 98
National Gallery of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Dublin, Republic of Ireland

20
344 54
Imperial War Museum London is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World

21
378 508
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World

22
340 58
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Community of Madrid, Spain

23
365 90
Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Barcelona, Spain

24
295 45
Palazzo Pitti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence, Italy

25
261 44
Musée du quai Branly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris, France

26
327 15
Acropolis Museum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the World
apollon-smyrnis added Acropolis Museum Athens, Greece

27
338 76
Galleria Borghese is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Rome, Italy

28
324 20
National Museum of Anthropolog... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Museums in the World
KirkMarkus added National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

29
294 105
Barcelona Museum of Contempora... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the World

30
317 88
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Museums in the World

31
236 49
Anne Frank House is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands

32
228 39
Österreichische Galerie Belved... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the World

33
200 43
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle d... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the World

34
234 57
Deutsches Historisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Berlin, Germany

35
229 74
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Vill... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the World

36
198 47
Tokyo National Museum is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the World

37
261 56
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the World

38
213 31
Toledo Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the World
ChristopherM.Brown added Toledo Museum of Art

39
233 36
Tate Britain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Tate Britain

40
216 48
National Gallery of Victoria is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the World

41
204 39
Moscow Museum of Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the World

42
275 54
Pergamonmuseum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the World

43
253 64
Altes Museum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Germany

44
166 28
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mu... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the World

45
208 31
Kremlin Armoury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Moscow, Russia

46
198 30
Royal Academy of Arts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Royal Academy of Arts

47
219 40
Amsterdam Museum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands

48
196 29
State Tretyakov Gallery is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the World

49
232 46
Deutsches Museum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Munich, Germany

50
177 22
Pinacothèque de Paris is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the World