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The Best Museums in the World 

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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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The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris
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Victoria and Albert Muse... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Museo Nacional Del Prado... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Museo Nacional Del Prado Madrid
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Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican City
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British Museum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Palazzo Pitti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence, Italy
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Galleria Borghese is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Rome, Italy
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Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Barcelona, Spain
9
Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence
10
National Palace Museum ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Taipei, Taiwan
11
Guggenheim Museum, Bilba... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World
St Petersburg
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Kunsthistorisches Museum... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vienna, Austria
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Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands
16
Imperial War Museum Lond... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Barcelona Museum of Cont... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Pergamonmuseum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Tate Britain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Tate Britain
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Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World
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National Gallery of Irel... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museu... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Community of Madrid, Spain
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National Museum of Anthr... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World
KirkMarkus added National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
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Moscow Museum of Modern ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World