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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
589 259
The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris

2
498 259
British Museum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World

3
457 188
Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World

4
337 152
Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World
St Petersburg

5
330 192
Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World

6
297 139
Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence

7
381 121
Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican City

8
352 163
Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World

9
272 157
Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

10
304 129
Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands

11
372 102
Parthenon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Athens

12
255 134
Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World

13
280 119
National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World

14
288 147
Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World

15
338 120
Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World

16
710 183
National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Taipei, Taiwan

17
373 445
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World

18
362 81
Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vienna, Austria

19
380 121
Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World

20
281 96
National Gallery of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Dublin, Republic of Ireland

21
286 52
Imperial War Museum London is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World

22
293 56
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Community of Madrid, Spain

23
254 42
Musée du quai Branly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris, France

24
308 89
Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Barcelona, Spain

25
259 43
Palazzo Pitti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence, Italy

26
323 75
Galleria Borghese is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Rome, Italy

27
266 15
Acropolis Museum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the World
apollon-smyrnis added Acropolis Museum Athens, Greece

28
315 87
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Museums in the World

29
292 104
Barcelona Museum of Contempora... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the World

30
235 48
Anne Frank House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands

31
227 38
Österreichische Galerie Belved... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Museums in the World

32
200 42
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle d... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the World

33
269 18
National Museum of Anthropolog... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the World
KirkMarkus added National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

34
234 56
Deutsches Historisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Berlin, Germany

35
260 56
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the World

36
227 73
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Vill... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the World

37
273 53
Pergamonmuseum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the World

38
214 47
National Gallery of Victoria is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the World

39
201 30
Toledo Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the World
ChristopherM.Brown added Toledo Museum of Art

40
253 63
Altes Museum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Germany

41
219 39
Amsterdam Museum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands

42
232 45
Deutsches Museum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Munich, Germany

43
167 10
Alte Pinakothek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Sparwasser added Munich, Germany

44
159 47
Tokyo National Museum is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the World

45
313 49
Galleria degli Uffizi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the World

46
213 403
Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the World

47
160 10
Charlottenburg Palace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Keith A. West added Berlin, Germany

48
151 9
Neue Pinakothek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Sparwasser added Munich, Germany

49
177 35
Tate Britain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Tate Britain

50
147 37
Moscow Museum of Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the World