The Art Newspaper has released their annual list of the most popular art museums in the world, with the Louvre in Paris coming in first place with an estimated 8,300,000 visitors.
The most popular exhibition was at the Tokyo National Museum in Japan which attracted more than 10,000 people each day. It was more of a single painting than an exhibition, which makes the figure even more remarkable. Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Annunciation” was loaned by the Uffizi gallery in Florence.
“For the fourth year running, the Tokyo National Museum tops the list. Tokyo routinely produces enormous visitor figures, thanks to a combination of vast exhibition spaces and a 35 million-strong conurbation. But “Leonardo” was even higher than 2005’s record-breaking attendance for “Hokusai” at the same museum, which averaged 9,436 a day.” Art Newspaper
Here’s the top 20 most popular art museums in the world compiled by Art Newspaper. The list below includes the number of visitors, name of the museum, and the city that the museum is located in.
8,300,000 – Louvre Paris
5,509,425 – Centre Pompidou Paris
5,191,840 – Tate Modern London
4,837,878 – British Museum London
4,547,353 – Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
4,518,413 – National Gallery of Art Washington
4,310,083 – Vatican Museums Vatican City
4,159,485 – National Gallery London
3,166,509 – Musée d’Orsay Paris
2,652,924 – Museo Nacional del Prado Madrid
2,650,551 – National Palace Museum Taipei
2,435,300 – Victoria and Albert Museum London
2,395,075 – State Hermitage Museum St Petersburg
2,232,475 – Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow
2,219,554 – Museum of Modern Art New York
2,133,149 – Field Museum Chicago
1,772,255 – Tokyo National Museum Tokyo
1,674,607 – CaxiaForum Barcelona Barcelona
1,650,000 – Moscow Kremlin Museums Moscow
1,649,969 – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
There’s a PDF file of the full list of art museums, exhibitions, and how the list is compiled here.
I probably should get out of the house (Australia) more often as I haven’t visited any of the top 20 art museums of the world. My problem is that when I do leave Australia it is to countries that are not known for their impressive art collections. Not everything is about art though.