The most visited museums in the world

Waypoint for a lot of tourists in a city : the museum, millions of tickets every year.

The museum is, according to wikipedia, an institution that cares for (conserves) a collection of artifacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, or historical importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits.

Themes are various, they are classics (Louvre in Paris), unusual (British Lawnmower museum, truely!) or disconcerting (Hiroshima Peace Memorial).

Here is a summary of most visited museums in the world.

1 – Louvre Museum (Paris, France)

The Louvre museum is one of the biggest museum in the world with 210 000m2 area. It is a museum AND an historical building (Royal house in the past). Located on the right bank of the Seine, it presents thousands of objects from prehistory to the 21st century.

Some known objects are Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa (“La Joconde”).

Ticket is free for peoples under 18 (-26 in the EU). For the others, it costs between 12 and 16€. (See website of the Louvre Museum).

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Musée du Louvre, Paris

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2 – British Museum (London, United Kingdom)

A museum for history and human culture located in London. This museum relate the history of humanity.

Some known pieces : Rosetta Stone and one of six remaining Caryatids (From Erechtheion)

Museum is open every day from 10:00am to 5:30pm and ticket is free.

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British Museum

British Museum by Tessarian on Flickr

3 – Metropolitan Museum of Art (New-York, United States)

This is one of the most important museum in New york ! More than 2 millions of objects from all over the world. Collections are :

  • Classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt
  • Paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters
  • American and modern art.
  • African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic art.

It is almost impossible to visit this museum in one day due to the size of the area.

This museum is also linked to the “Cloisters”, in Fort Tryon Park.

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Metropolitan museum of Art

Met by Vittorio Dell’Aquila on Flickr

4 – Tate Modern (London, United Kingdom)

The Tate modern is a Modern Art Gallery located in London (in an old power station). The visit is theme based,  instead of chronological, and on 7 floors. The permanent collection contains some objects from Picasso, Dali and Warhol.

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Tate modern

Tate Mordern by rachnbobs on Flickr

5 – National Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

The National Gallery houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.

It houses woldwide known paintings from : Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Michel Ange, Claude Monet, Raphael, Rembrandt, Auguste Renoir, Pierre-Paul Rubens, Vincent van Gogh and Leonard de Vinci.

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National Gallery

National Gallery by @morenox on Flickr

6 – National Gallery of Art (Washington, United States)

One of the most important museum in Washington ! Splitted into 2 buildings :

- West :European Art (Middle ages to 19th century), and American Art before 20th :  Vermeer, Rembrandt, Monet, van Gogh, and the only “Léonard de Vinci” in the U.S.

-Est : Modern Art : Picasso, Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder

Free ticket.

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National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art by mausgabe on Flickr

7 – Museum of Modern Art (New-york, Etats-Unis)

Known paintings in this Modern Art Museum :

Vincent van Gogh, La nuit étoilée, 1889.
Paul Cézanne, Le Bain.
Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907.
Henri Matisse, La Danse 1, 1909.
Jackson Pollock, Number 31, 1950.
Salvador Dalí, La persistance de la mémoire, 1931.
Piet Mondrian, Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1940 – 43.

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Museum of modern Art

Museum of modern art by Geoff Sills on Flickr

8 – Centre Pompidou – Beaubourg (Paris, France)

This museum was created to promote modern art to the French public but also to promote new artistic creations. This building architecture from the twentieth century is located in the heart of Paris and contains works from all categories (Arts, books, design, music, …)

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Beaubourg by Avenir on Flickr

9 – National Museum of Korea (Seoul, South Korea)

This museum is the 6th in the world by its surface (137 000m ²). Its characteristic is to create studies in archeology and educational programs. The presented art is Asian, totally different from what can be presented in other museums discussed here. (See National treasures of South Korea).

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Musée national de Corée

National museum of Korea by Snoogward on Flickr

10 – Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France)

The Musée d’Orsay is a national museum in Paris, on the left bank of the Seine. The museum’s collections are painting and sculpture (1848-19142), and the decorative arts, photography and architecture.

The museum has the largest collection of Impressionist arts in the world and you can see masterpieces of painting and sculpture as Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe and Olympia from Édouard Manet.

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Musée d'Orsay

Musée d’Orsay by Uncle Lynx on Flickr

11 – Vatican Museum (Vatican)


In fact, the Vatican has 11 museums (and 1,400 rooms). The most famous is the Sistine Chapel, where you can see the works of Michelangelo (especially the ceiling).

Another curiosity is the gallery of geographical maps containing forty cards on 120m. Are represented major cities, regions and islands of Italy 1580.

You can see this museum during a trip to Rome such as “Découverte de Rome” by Juliette.

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Vatican museum

Vatican Museum by Marieuk4 on Flickr

Prepare your trips on veezeet in order to visit museums ! London, Paris and Washington/New york !

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