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From San Francisco to Tokyo, the world is dotted with incredible museums. Exquisite interiors and exteriors, fabulous artifacts and centuries of history on display, these unique structures are meccas of knowledge and information. Just visit one of these museums around the world and you would get a fascinating glimpse into the history, culture, societies, famous wars, ancient tools and scripts of the nation it is located in.

As per the Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM data of 2015, the Louvre Museum was the world’s most visited museum in 2015. Located in the French capital of Paris, 8,700,000 visited the museum in 2015. The museum provides a glimpse into the history and artifacts of the Egyptian and Near Eastern ancient civilizations, treasures dating from the Neolithic to the 6th century, Islamic art, and paintings to name a few. However, thousands of people visit the library to have a look at one of the world’s greatest paintings ‘Mona Lisa’, which is one of the museum’s prized collections.

Located in Beijing, the National Museum of China was the second most visited museum in 2015. The museum recorded a visitor turnout of 7,290,000 people. Established in 2003, the visitors can get a rare insight into the history of the Yuanmou Man who lived some 1.7 million years ago to relatively recent one of the Qing Dynasty.

Tied at the third spot were the two prestigious museums of the United States – National Museum of Natural History and National Air and Space Museum. Both museums are located in Washington DC and each witnessed an attendance of 6,900,000 in the year 2015.

The British Museum, located in London, was the world’s fifth most visited museum in 2015 recording an attendance of 6,821,000 people. Established in 1753, it has a collection of a staggering 8 million works (artifacts and other items) which come from across the continents.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was the sixth most visited museum. The visitor turnout stood at 6,300,000 in 2015. Established in 1870, it is the largest art museum in the US and comprises marvelous works ranging from the classical antiquity and ancient Egyptian artifacts to breathtaking paintings.

Some 6,002,000 people visited Vatican Museums in 2015, making it the seventh most visited museum of the year. Established in 1506 in Vatican City, the museums provide visitors a glance of an amazing collection of works that have been built up and collected by various popes through the ages.

Located in Shanghai, China, the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum attracted 5,948,000 people in 2015, making it the year’s eight most visited museum. Founded in 2001, the museum is spread over an area of 68,000 square meters.

Visitors to the National Gallery in London can catch a glimpse of the amazing variety of paintings which date back from the mid-13th century to 1900. The museum was established in 1824 and in 2105 witnessed an attendance of 5,908,000 people making it the ninth most visited museum in the year.

With a visitor attendance of 5,288,000 people, National Palace Museum was the tenth most visited museum in 2015. Established in 1965 in Taipei, Taiwan, the museum provides a unique glimpse into around 10,000 years the history of China. This ranges from the Neolithic age to the Qing Dynasty, which ruled from 1644 to 1912.

Some other museums that made it to the top twenty list were the Natural History Museum in London, American Museum of Natural History in New York, State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia, and China Science Technology Museum in Beijing to name a few. The lowest ranked was Science Museum in London, which occupied the 20th spot and saw an attendance of 3,356,000 in 2015.

Rank MUSEUM Location ATTENDANCE 2015
1 LOUVRE, Paris, France 8700000
2 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CHINA, Beijing, China 7290000
3 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY,Washington, DC, U.S. 6900000
NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM ,Washington, DC, U.S. 6900000
5 BRITISH MUSEUM, London, U.K. 6821000
6 THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART,New York, NY, U.S. 6300000
7 VATICAN MUSEUMS, Vatican, Vatican City 6002000
8 SHANGHAI SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM, Shanghai, China 5948000
9 NATIONAL GALLERY, London, U.K. 5908000
10 NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM (TAIWAN), Taipei, Taiwan 5288000
11 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, London, U.K. 5284000
12 AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, New York, NY, U.S. 5000000
13 TATE MODERN, London, U.K. 4713000
14 NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC, U.S. 4104000
15 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, Washington, DC, U.S. 4100000
16 STATE HERMITAGE, St Petersburg, Russia 3668000
17 MUSÉE D’ORSAY, Paris, France 3440000
18 VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, London, U.K. 3432000
19 CHINA SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM, Beijing, China 3360000
20 SCIENCE MUSEUM (SOUTH KENSINGTON), London, U.K. 3356000

 

Data sourced from Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM.

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