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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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536 230
The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
The Louvre Paris

2
460 244
British Museum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World

3
420 176
Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World

4
315 140
Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Hermitage Museum St Petersburg

5
307 178
Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World

6
282 128
Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Uffizi Gallery Florence

7
355 115
Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican Museums Vatican City

8
254 141
Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

9
287 150
Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World

10
240 124
Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World

11
281 120
Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Netherlands

12
336 364
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World

13
240 112
National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World

14
308 95
Parthenon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Parthenon Athens

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627 170
National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World
National Palace Museum Taipei, Taiwan

16
238 133
Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World

17
265 112
Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World

18
283 76
Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Austria

19
295 114
Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World

20
216 87
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

21
192 9
Acropolis Museum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World
apollon-smyrnis added Acropolis Museum Athens, Greece

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226 50
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Community of Madrid, Spain

23
202 46
Imperial War Museum London is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World

24
194 35
Musée du quai Branly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Musée du quai Branly Paris, France

25
258 82
Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Museu Picasso Barcelona, Spain

26
208 40
Anne Frank House is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Anne Frank House Amsterdam, Netherlands

27
208 39
Palazzo Pitti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Palazzo Pitti Florence, Italy

28
270 71
Galleria Borghese is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Galleria Borghese Rome, Italy

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179 37
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle d... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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263 99
Barcelona Museum of Contempora... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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198 34
Österreichische Galerie Belved... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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277 83
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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212 52
Deutsches Historisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, Germany

34
194 12
National Museum of Anthropolog... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the World
KirkMarkus added National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

35
143 7
Alte Pinakothek is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Sparwasser added Alte Pinakothek Munich, Germany

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243 49
Pergamonmuseum is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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230 52
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the World

38
204 68
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Vill... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the World

39
131 6
Charlottenburg Palace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Keith A. West added Charlottenburg Palace Berlin, Germany

40
229 57
Altes Museum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Altes Museum Germany

41
188 44
National Gallery of Victoria is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the World

42
175 27
Toledo Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the World
ChristopherM.Brown added Toledo Museum of Art

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126 6
Neue Pinakothek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Sparwasser added Neue Pinakothek Munich, Germany

44
212 41
Deutsches Museum is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Deutsches Museum Munich, Germany

45
193 35
Amsterdam Museum is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands

46
201 322
Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the World

47
274 46
Galleria degli Uffizi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the World

48
173 280
National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the World

49
40 1
Grigore Antipa Bucharest Roman... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Dajbog Nicoleta added Grigore Antipa Bucharest Romania

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40 1
Pinakothek der Moderne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Sparwasser added Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, Germany