List of most visited museums
This article lists museums with more than two million annual visitors reported in the most recent surveys of museum attendance. A museum is defined as a building or institution dedicated to the acquisition, care, research, and exhibition of numerous objects that represent the legacy of humankind and its environment.
Criteria for inclusion
Major sources for this list are the Art Newspaper's annual exhibition and museum visitor figures, which includes only art museums, and the TEA/AECOM Museum Index. The research for the Museum Index is conducted by the consulting firm AECOM, a Fortune 500 consulting company. The list includes art museums, history museums, natural history museums, and science museums, but does not include archaeological sites or historical monuments, and many palace museums.[a] This list generally follows that guideline, so the Palace of Versailles, Peterhof Palace, and Forbidden City are not included. Though these sites include some museum collections, they are found in the List of most visited palaces and monuments. The list also includes one site, the Mevlana Museum, a mausoleum and religious shrine which is classified by the Turkish government as a museum. However, it does not include Hagia Sophia, which the Turkish government also classifies as a museum.
- List of most visited art museums
- List of most visited museums by region
- List of largest art museums
- List of most visited palaces and monuments
- List of most visited museums in the Netherlands
- List of most visited museums in the United Kingdom
- Some well-attended palace museums are not included in either publication, although they are sometimes classified as museums by their respective national cultural agencies. These include Beijing's Forbidden City (which, with more than 17 million visitors in 2018, was ranked as the most-visited museum by the China Daily News Agency); the Palace of Versailles (8,132,518 visitors in 2018); Peterhof Palace (5,714,700 visitors in 2018), which is formally classified either as a "Дворцо́во-па́рковый анса́мбль, or Palace-Park Ensemble" or as a "Museum-Park Ensemble" by the Russian Ministry of Culture; the Museum of King John III's Palace at Wilanów (3,279,889 visitors in 2017); and Istanbul's Topkapı Palace (2,980,450 visitors in 2018).
- Includes visitors at the main Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Met Cloisters, but not the 398,922 visitors recorded at the Met Breuer.
- Includes only the visitors recorded at the main museum in Taipei, and not the 991,666 visitors recorded at the Southern Branch.
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