1 - The Louvre (8.5 million)
Located on the Right Bank of the Seine, the historic Louvre Palace in Paris, France contains the world’s most visited museum- le Musée du Louvre, which displays the world’s most famous painting- the Mona Lisa, as well as 35,000 works of art and over 380,000 objects. This palace originated as a fortress built by Phillip II in the late 12th century and was later expanded, finally becoming a museum in 1793. The iconic glass pyramid was designed by I.M. Pei and completed in 1988 while its counterpart, La Pyramide Inversée (The Inverted Pyramid) was added in 1993.
2 - The British Museum (5.93 million visitors)
The British Museum has a collection of over seven million objects from all continents and periods of human history. Established in 1753 by King George II using the collection given to the nation by Sir Hans Sloane, the museum grew and expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries with the contributions of ambassadors and collectors, who brought in Greek and Roman sculptures, the most famous of which are the Elgin marbles, and Egyptian artifacts like the Rosetta Stone.
3 - The National Gallery of Art (4.96 million people)
Washington, D.C., USA
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. consists of an East and West building and an outdoor sculpture garden, which occupies a 6.1-acre property. The museum was created in 1936 with the donations of Andre W. Mellon, whose art collection became the foundation of a gallery that soon attracted hundreds of other donors. The works displayed include American, British, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish paintings from the 13th through 17th centuries, European sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs and decorative arts.
4 - Tate Modern (4.95 million visitors)
Since 2000, this museum has housed Britain’s international modern art collection in a converted power station, a heritage that is apparent in the 35-meter by 152-meter turbine hall that functions as a grand entrance and display for large sculptures. While its specialty is post-1980 modern art, Tate Modern’s collection includes every major contemporary movement from Fauvism onwards. Collectively, Tate Modern and the three other Tate galleries- Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives- hold collections of British art from the 1500 and Britain’s international modern art collection.
5 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (4.82 million visitors)
New York, USA
Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is located in Central Park in New York City and contains more than two million works of art from five thousand years of human history in its permanent collection. This extensive collection is divided into nineteen curatorial departments, including Greek and Roman art, medieval art, Islamic art, Egyptian art, European paintings, arms and armor, American paintings and sculptures.