The 10 most important museums Visited to the World - Official Ranking

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Over the centuries, museums have established themselves in the collective imagination as icons of human civilization. Real temples of wisdom, they have always been considered among the greatest tourist attractions as they collect the cultural heritage of peoples: tangible proofs of the progress of scientific, artistic and historical doctrine.
It is well known that today there are various forms and types of tourism; however the cultural holidays continue to be widely appreciated by travelers, for this reason we offer you a list of the most visited museums in the world ...

NB: The following ranking is based on the latest report provided by the non-profit Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) in collaboration with the multinational AECOM, an American engineering / construction company.

10 - Museum of Natural History, New York: 5.000.000 visitors

With its 33 million specimens including plants, animals, rocks, meteorites and human remains, located in 28 buildings, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Located opposite Central Park, it also offers the opportunity to admire the planetarium and a library.

  • open every day from 10:00 to 17:45. Closed on December 24th (Christmas) and Thanksgiving
  • Adults $ 23,00 (about € 20,00) - children from 2 to 12 $ 13,00 (about € 11,60) - Teenagers and students $ 18,00 (about € 16,00)

9 - Natural History Museum, London: 5.226.000 visitors

Referred to as the Cathedral of Nature the Natural History of London, it houses numerous specimens and scientific objects on the earth and its living beings. Inside there are more than 80 million objects, including the famous ones specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Inside you will find numerous specimens ranging from botany to mineralogy, from paleontology to zoology. The museum is also very well known for numerous skeletal exhibits of dinuosaurs.

  • every day from 10:00 to 17:50. Closed on 24th and 26th December
  • free admission, only some contents require a paid ticket.

8 - National Gallery, London: 5.736.000 visitors

The National Gallery in London is so full of memorabilia that it would take months to properly appreciate them (over 3.200 paintings). Nestled in the heart of London, the Gallery has been collecting works of art since 1824 and its collection spans centuries and artistic styles.

  • Every day from 10:00 to 18:00, on Fridays from 10:00 to 21:00 (closed on January 1st and from December 24th to 26th)
  • free admission, only some contents require a paid ticket

7 - Tate Modern, London: 5.829.000 visitors

Belonging to the English Tate complex (Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives and Tate Online) the museum is one of the most important galleries in all of London. Located in the factories of the former Brankside thermoelectric power plant, today it houses some of the most beautiful works of modern and contemporary art in the world from 1900 to today.

  • Sunday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00 - Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00
  • free admission, only some contents require a paid ticket

6 - British Museum, London: 5.869.000 visitors

We remain in the English capital ... further up we find the British Museum with 5.869.000 visitors, one of the largest and most important history museums the world.

  • from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 - Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00
  • free admission, only some contents require a paid ticket

5 - National Air and Space Museum, Washington: 6.200.000 visitors

The museum (along with its second location, the Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia) contains the largest and most significant collection of aeronautical and space artifacts in the world. Since its opening, this sensational temple of culture and history has educated and inspired generations of pilots and astronauts from around the world. Here you can see incredible artifacts, including the original 1903 Wright Flyer, one of the most important aircraft of the pioneering era.

  • every day from 10:00 to 17:30 (late closing at 19:30 in the summer and spring months). Open every day except December 25th.
  • Free entry

4 - Vatican Museums, Vatican City: 6.756.000 visitors

Founded by Pope Julius II, the Vatican Museums occupy the fifth position in the ranking thanks to 6.756.000 visitors. Inside, the huge collection of works accumulated over the centuries by the Popes.

  • from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00 - Closed on Sundays, except for the last one of the month.
  • Approximately € 16,00 for admission. Admission is free on the last Sunday of the month

3 - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: 7.360.000 visitors

"The Met", as the Metropolitan of New York is often called, ranks second with 7.360.000 visitors.
Inside they are permanently exhibited more than two million works art divided into nineteen sections; there are also encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, clothes and weapons from all over the world.

  • from Monday to Thursday, including Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:30 - Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00
  • varies between $ 17,00 and $ 25,00 (€ 15,00 - € 23,00)

2 - National Museum of China, Beijing: 8.610.000 visitors

The National Museum of China it is located right next to the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen and is probably the best of Chinese museums, as well as one of the most visited in the world. It preserves one of the largest collections concerning Chinese history, with very ancient artifacts concerning the imperial era, the Second World War, the Communist victory and modern history.

  • every day from 9:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays
  • Free for basic exhibitions and permanent galleries

1 - Louvre, Paris: 10.200.000 visitors

Who, if not the most famous museum in the world, could he win the gold medal? The Louvre occupies the top step of the podium with 10.200.000 visitors from all corners of the globe.
Currently the museum collection includes some of the most famous works art like the "Gioconda" and the "Virgin of the Rocks"of the master Leonardo da Vinci, the"Venus de Milo"of Nike of Samothrace and"The Freedom that Leads the People"by Eugène Delacroix.

  • every day from 9:30 to 18:00 - Closed on Tuesday
  • About € 15,00 for all content

The most visited museums in North America

The most visited museums in Asia-Pacific

The most visited museums EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa)

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