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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
580 254
The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris

2
491 256
British Museum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the World

3
451 186
Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the World

4
333 151
Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the World
St Petersburg

5
326 190
Musée d'Orsay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the World

6
293 137
Uffizi Gallery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence

7
374 121
Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vatican City

8
332 161
Tate Modern, London is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the World

9
265 156
Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

10
271 118
National Gallery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the World

11
248 133
Accademia di Belle Arti Firenz... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the World

12
292 128
Rijksmuseum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands

13
277 145
Centre Georges Pompidou is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the World

14
350 102
Parthenon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Athens

15
675 180
National Palace Museum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Taipei, Taiwan

16
306 119
Hermitage Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the World

17
365 409
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the World

18
327 79
Kunsthistorisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Vienna, Austria

19
343 120
Victoria and Albert Museum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the World

20
247 94
National Gallery of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Dublin, Republic of Ireland

21
249 51
Imperial War Museum London is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the World

22
262 55
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Community of Madrid, Spain

23
228 40
Musée du quai Branly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Paris, France

24
292 87
Museu Picasso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Barcelona, Spain

25
241 42
Palazzo Pitti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Florence, Italy

26
308 75
Galleria Borghese is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Rome, Italy

27
312 86
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the World

28
233 47
Anne Frank House is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands

29
289 102
Barcelona Museum of Contempora... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the World

30
225 37
Österreichische Galerie Belved... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Museums in the World

31
200 41
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle d... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Museums in the World

32
233 55
Deutsches Historisches Museum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Berlin, Germany

33
260 55
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the World

34
271 51
Pergamonmuseum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the World

35
227 72
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Vill... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the World

36
213 46
National Gallery of Victoria is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the World

37
231 15
Acropolis Museum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the World
apollon-smyrnis added Acropolis Museum Athens, Greece

38
199 30
Toledo Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the World
ChristopherM.Brown added Toledo Museum of Art

39
251 62
Altes Museum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Germany

40
235 17
National Museum of Anthropolog... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the World
KirkMarkus added National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

41
219 38
Amsterdam Museum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Amsterdam, Netherlands

42
232 44
Deutsches Museum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the World
clash1977 added Munich, Germany

43
166 9
Alte Pinakothek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Sparwasser added Munich, Germany

44
148 8
Neue Pinakothek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Sparwasser added Munich, Germany

45
155 9
Charlottenburg Palace is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Keith A. West added Berlin, Germany

46
309 48
Galleria degli Uffizi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the World

47
211 364
Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the World

48
128 46
Tokyo National Museum is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the World

49
179 324
National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the World

50
141 34
Tate Britain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the World
Tate Britain