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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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476 198
The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
The Louvre Paris

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2
410 219
British Museum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World

3
384 162
Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World

4
278 124
Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Hermitage Museum St Petersburg

5
280 161
Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World

6
323 105
Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican Museums Vatican City

7
249 117
Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Uffizi Gallery Florence

8
226 124
Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

9
230 110
Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World

10
260 107
Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Netherlands

11
602 158
National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World
National Palace Museum Taipei, Taiwan

12
305 293
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World

13
225 100
National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World

14
256 85
Parthenon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Parthenon Athens

15
220 132
Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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16
203 122
Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World

17
193 105
Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World

18
208 69
Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Austria

19
108 5
Acropolis Museum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World
apollon-smyrnis added Acropolis Museum Athens, Greece

20
65 2
Charlottenburg Palace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Keith A. West added Charlottenburg Palace Berlin, Germany

21
117 6
National Museum of Anthropolog... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World
KirkMarkus added National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

22
223 107
Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World

23
77 3
Alte Pinakothek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Sparwasser added Alte Pinakothek Munich, Germany

24
61 2
Neue Pinakothek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Sparwasser added Neue Pinakothek Munich, Germany

25
191 257
Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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154 44
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Community of Madrid, Spain

27
147 79
National Gallery of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the World
National Gallery of Ireland Dublin, Republic of Ireland

28
127 31
Musée du quai Branly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Musée du quai Branly Paris, France

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187 77
Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Museu Picasso Barcelona, Spain

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131 41
Imperial War Museum London is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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137 35
Anne Frank House is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Anne Frank House Amsterdam, Netherlands

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167 215
National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the World

33
199 69
Galleria Borghese is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Galleria Borghese Rome, Italy

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138 35
Palazzo Pitti is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Palazzo Pitti Florence, Italy

35
177 47
Pergamonmuseum is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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204 83
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the World

37
194 97
Barcelona Museum of Contempora... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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146 49
Deutsches Historisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, Germany

39
129 31
Österreichische Galerie Belved... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the World

40
164 54
Altes Museum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Altes Museum Germany

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161 50
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the World

42
148 39
Deutsches Museum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Deutsches Museum Munich, Germany

43
110 35
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle d... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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140 67
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Vill... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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110 23
Toledo Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the World
ChristopherM.Brown added Toledo Museum of Art

46
123 43
National Gallery of Victoria is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the World

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128 33
Amsterdam Museum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands

48
205 45
Galleria degli Uffizi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the World

49
158 219
Museum of Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Museum of Modern Art New York City, New York, USA

50
156 182
Smithsonian American Art Museu... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the World