There millions of museums around the world. Some big and some small, covering topics as general as natural history and some as specific as London’s proposed Thatcher Museum. The world’s busiest museums are iconic landmarks all on their own: Tate, Louvre, Met, among others.
Themed Entertainment Association teamed up with AECOM to bring us the 2012 Theme Index which reveals the most visited museum around the world. London has a strong presence with six museums in the top 20, the most to be located in any single city on the list. Also noteworthy is that 13 of the top 20 are free to visit however most with admission fees offer one free day to visit each month.
World’s Top 10 most visited museums
- Louvre (Paris) – €11 for the permanent collection
- National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.) – free
- National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C.) – free
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City) – free
- British Museum (London) – free
- Tate Modern (London) – free
- National Gallery (London) – free
- Vatican Museums (Vatican) – €16 for for entry to museum and Sistine Chapel
- American Museum of Natural History (New York City) – $19 is the suggested general admission
- Natural History Museum (London) – free
Almost 10 million people visit the Louvre in Paris in 2012… incredible! London’s top museum, the British Museum, received 5.5 million visitors last year while the Tate Modern received 5.3m.
What are your favourite museums? Have you been to any of the ones listed here?