Most Visited Museums
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1. National Folk Museum of Korea
With 2.7 million people visiting this museum on an annual basis, it should not be a surprise that this is one museum one ought to visit once in a lifetime. The National Folk Museum was constructed on the commands of US Government in 1945, and you have to believe it when they boast about the building being a state-of-the-art, since it is beautiful when it comes to architecture. The design is unique and it is divided into three main halls where the objects are exhibited. One more thing they can boast about is the distinctiveness of the objects portraying history and traditions of the Koreans.
2. Museum of Modern
There are only a few museums in the world that show pieces of modern art. One of the best amongst them is the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, New York City. The variety is tremendous, as the artworks belong to every branch of the field of arts- paintings, literature, sculptures, photographs and even objects portraying unique architectural designs. Even the building is constructed on the lines of modern architecture. Perhaps, this is the main reason attracting 3.1 million people to visit this museum every year.
3. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
The royal look of the building and its name will give you enough idea to know that the place has been named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. With a total of 4.5 million artifacts going back 5000 years, there should be no doubt when it said to be the largest and best museum in London. All pieces are basically on the lines of decorative art and design. A large number (3.2 million, to be precise) visits it annually.
4. Musée d´Orsay, Paris, France
Perhaps the only museum that is set in a railway station that stopped functioning long ago. The building is one of its kind, with around ceiling and possessing the largest number of impressionist and post-impressionist pieces of art, by artists such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Gaugin and Van Gogh. Annually, 3.5 million people turn up to see the items displayed here, which is why this is the third most visited museum in France.
5. Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France
This museum functions on the same lines as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The only difference is that the pieces are basically of modern French art. There is a large collection comprising of 100,000 artworks contributed by 6400 artists is all. The amazing fact that only a minority of people know about this is that this is the museum holding the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world. Even then, 3.7 million people visit it annually.
6. National Museum of American History, Washington D.C., USA
The National Museum of American History is basically a part of an institution that goes by the name of Smithsonian. The unique thing about this museum is that its main aim is to collect, preserve and display historical objects that belong to the United States. In the list of the most visited museums in America, this one is coming on the 4th rank, as according to the survey, 4 million people visit it on a yearly basis.
7. American Museum of Natural Histo
This is a typical museum in Upper West Side in Manhattan, displaying different specimens of plants, humans, animals, fossils, rocks etc. A great place to extend your children’s knowledge of basic science and yours too. As per the surveys, 5 million visits are made to this museum throughout the year. But you would be thinking, how does it attract that large a number of people? The fact that it holds the largest collection (over 32 million) and that it needs 27 interconnected buildings to display all of these. No doubt, it is the largest museum not only in the United States, but also the whole world.
8. National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Initially, it was built in 1925 as the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City of Beijing. Now it is known as the National Palace Museum, with its exact location being Taipei. Its significance can be understood from the fact that it is the only museum in China with artifacts and artworks aging ten centuries old. What’s more, the 700,000 objects displayed, are dedicated to promoting Chinese culture and traditions. It is the most visited museum in the world, bringing 5.4 million people in the history house over the year.
9. Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Vatican
This museum has a lot of amazing facts associated to it. Since it was built in the early 16th century, the architecture is astounding. It was founded by Pope Julius, the second. It mainly preserves and displays work by the Roman Catholic Church. Other than this, there are some of the world-famous sculptures and other pieces related to the Renaissance art. 5.9 million People from all around the world visit this place on an annual basis.
10. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The huge, architectural mansion is enough to tell you the significance of such a museum that displays age old artworks. The building stands in the Museum Square in Amsterdam. The museum has numerous different kinds of objects on display for the public, belonging to the field of arts and history, simultaneously. The total count of objects is one million, which is obvious from the size of the building they are placed in. However, only eight thousands of them can be viewed during any time of the day and night by the general public. They age back to the period 1200 and they keep on making additions often. A 2.5 million people visits it annually.
11. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Set beside the blue waters, the State Hermitage Museum is one of the oldest and the largest (covering most of the area on the bank) in the whole world. Catherine the Great founded this in the year 1764, and since then the building comprises more than 3 million items. The majority of them are artworks of famous painters and artists like Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Velazquez, Michael Angelo and Goya. This is the reason that 2.9 million people turn up at the museum every year. From the three million items that they own, only a few are permanently displayed.
12. Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Spain is renowned for giving birth to an excellent artist like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali that are famous to this day. Spain is also renowned for having an enormous museum, which alone draws 3.2 million people each year to visit the place (making it the most visited museum in all of Spain), so as to have a chance to look at the original works of the Spanish artists. Its official name is Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (situated in Madrid) and is dedicated to displaying Spanish art.
13. Science Museum, London, UK
A place visited by people of all age brackets that are interested in increasing their knowledge regarding science or simply get amazed by how it all works. Science Museum was founded in 1857 and since then has over 300,000 items as a part of its collection that is displayed here. With 3.4 million people showing up at the place on an annual basis, this museum is ranked 5th, when it comes to the most visited museums in London.
14. National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea
Another museum in Korea that specifically focuses on the exhibition of Korean history and art through objects, for the whole world to see. It was established in 1945 and is one of the most important museums when it comes promoting Korean art and culture, as 3.5 million people from all over the globe, visit this place. Currently, it has a collection of 310,000 items you will not find anywhere else.
15. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA
Looking much like the ancient Roman buildings, the National Art Gallery is situated in Washington D.C. It is not ticketed at all, which is probably why the number of visits is really high- 3.9 million per year. Another reason is that this museum possesses the only painting by the famous Leonardo da Vinci in all of America. Apart from this, different objects based on different studies (painting, drawing, prints, photographs, sculptures, medals and decorative arts) are displayed here.
16. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai, China
It is the second largest museum in China (Shanghai), occupying a total area of 100,000 square meters. It has thirteen exhibitions that are permanently displayed. Also, there are four science theaters functioning. Therefore, it should not be a surprise that 4.2 million people fly over from all over the world to see this epic museum with all its amazing possessions in the display.
17. Natural History Museum, London, UK
As it name goes, the museum holds historical items from all fields are known to nature- botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology. Even the building itself is historical, being established in 1881. It has a whopping 80 million items, including proper skeletons of dinosaurs- the main reason that draws 5.4 million visitors on an annual basis.
18. Tate Modern, London, UK
The tall, brown building with seven floors, located in London Borough of Southwark, is how you identify this museum, or to be precise, a national gallery displaying international modern art, owned by Britain. It is the third most visited museum in all of United Kingdom and ninth most visited globally (annually, 5.8 million people drop by the museum).