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What Are The Top 5 Art Galleries and Museums in the World Based on Visitor Numbers?

Find out which are the 5 art galleries and museums in the world, based on visitor numbers in 2010.

The list is based on the The Art Newspaper’s annual review of art galleries and museums and the exhibitions held around the world in 2010.

#1 Museum – Louvre in Paris

The Louvre is a very large and famous museum in Paris. 8.5 million people visited the Louvre in 2009 and 2010 – more than any other museum in the world.

Endorsed by the Louvre and for the very first time ever, every painting from the world's most popular and renowned museum is available in one stunning book. Click on the image to buy a copy of this amazing guide to The Louvre collection. #2 British Museum in LondonThe Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors. #3 Metropolitan Museum of Art in New YorkPicasso in the Metropolitan Museum of Art was its most popular exhibition in 2010. This ranked #8 if the top 30 exhibitions in the world according to the Art newspaper.This beautifully illustrated book presents and discusses masterpieces from across the globe and through the centuries, all from the world-class collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Buy it Now by Clicking on the Image.

 

#2 British Museum in London

The Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors.

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#3 Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Housing one of the finest and most comprehensive collections in the world, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a living encyclopaedia of art.

This beautifully illustrated book presents and discusses masterpieces from across the globe and through the centuries, all from the world-class collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click the image to buy this excellent book.

 

#4 Tate Modern in London

Tate Modern is the most popular art museum in the UK and the second most popular art museum in Europe.

TATE Modern is the United Kingdom’s national museum of modern art. TATE Modern opened in 2000 and fast became one of the most celebrated London attractions with art enthusiasts. There is no admission fee to the gallery, making it one of the most popular free attractions in London. The gallery is based at Bankside on the Thames’ southbank, just yards from the Shakespeare Globe Theatre.  

TATE Modern houses a wonderful range of modern art, dating from the year 1900 up to today.  The gallery’s main areas are the following: ‘Material Gestures’, devoted to abstract works of the 1940s and ‘50s; ‘Poetry and Dream’, a celebration of surrealistic works; ‘Scale’, which examines the practice of using scale to alter perception; ‘energy and Process’, which looks at artists’ fascination with transformation and natural forces, and focuses on 1960s sculptural pieces; and ‘States of Flux’, which is devoted to early 20th-century art movements.

#5 National Gallery in London

The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.

The Top 30 Art Galleries and Museums in 2010

1. 8,500,000 Louvre Paris
2. 5,842,138 British Museum, London
3. 5,216,988 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
4. 5,061,172 Tate Modern, London
5. 4,954,914 National Gallery, London
6. 4,775,114 National Gallery of Art, Washington
7. 3,131,238 Museum of Modern Art, New York
8. 3,530,000 Centre Pompidou, Paris
9. 3,067,909 National Museum of Korea, Seoul
10. 2,985,510 Musée d’Orsay, Paris
11. 2,732,000 Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
12. 2,269,900 Victoria and Albert Museum, London
13. 2,426,203 State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
14. 2,317,772 Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio
15. 2,313,532 Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid
16. 2,043,854 De Young Museum, San Francisco
17. 2,273,634 Tokyo National Art Centre, Tokyo
18. 1,819,442 National Portrait Gallery, London
19. 1,665,291 Tate Britain, London
20. 1,651,210 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
21. 1,612,780 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
22. 1,491,582 Gyeongju National Museum, Gyeongju
23. 1,429,854 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
24, 1,369,187 Museo Picasso, Barcelona
25. 1,355,720 Acropolis Museum, Athens
26. 1,326,153 Musée Quai Branly, Paris
27. 1,300,000 Palazzo Reale, Milan
28. 1,297,424 State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
29. 1,286,733 Residenzschloss, Dresden
30. 1,271,174 Saatchi Gallery, London

 

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