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The Best Museums in the World

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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    346
    58

    Palazzo Pitti

    Florence, Italy
  • 2
    341
    71

    Galleria Borghese

    Rome, Italy
  • 3
    439
    110

    Vatican Museums

    Vatican City
  • 4
    548
    142

    Victoria and Albert Museum

    London
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    414
    74

    Kunsthistorisches Museum

    Vienna, Austria
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    432
    108

    Museu Picasso

    Barcelona, Spain
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    297
    47

    Pergamonmuseum

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    420
    33
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    National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

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    320
    42

    Tate Britain

  • 10
    407
    55

    Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

    Community of Madrid, Spain
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    284
    39

    Kremlin Armoury

    Moscow, Russia
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    436
    26
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    Acropolis Museum

    Athens, Greece
  • 13
    429
    76

    Imperial War Museum London

    United Kingdom
  • 14
    329
    77

    Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

    Bilbao, Spain
  • 15
    275
    33

    State Tretyakov Gallery

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    312
    49

    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Madrid, Spain
  • 17
    277
    49

    Moscow Museum of Modern Art

    Moscow, Russia
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    496
    168

    Museo Nacional Del Prado

    Madrid
  • 20
    645
    267

    The Louvre

    Paris
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    212
    33

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

    Glasgow, Scotland
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    222
    21
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    253
    52
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    165
    27
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    Museo Egizio (Turin)

    Turin, Italy
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    239
    30

    Royal Academy of Arts

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