All the people who are interested in museum culture must visit Europe, because the old continent is the leader, with 9 of the top 20 visited sites split between London and Paris.
Created by analysts at Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM, the 2012 Theme Index ranked the most visited museums in the world in 2012. Louvre occupies the top spot due to the fact that it gathered around 9,720,000 visitors last year.
An interesting fact is that while the most British museums are free, the most visited ones in Paris require paid admission (the Louvre, Centre Pompidou and the Musee D’Orsay).
No. 12 on the list is the National Palace Museum in Taipei, which is the most visited and highest ranked museum in Asia.
Here is the list with the Top 20 global museums by attendance in 2012:
1. Louvre, Paris, France, 9,720,000
2. National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., 7,600,000
3. National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C., 6,800,000
4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 6,116,000
5. British Museum, London, 5,576,000
6. Tate Modern, London, 5,319,000
7. National Gallery, London, 5,164,000
8. Vatican Museums, Vatican City, 5,065,000
9. American Museum of Natural History, New York, 5,000,000
10. Natural History Museum, London, 4,936,000
11. National Museum of American History, Washington D.C., 4,800,000
12. National Palace Museum, Taipei, 4,361,000
13. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 4,200,000
14. National Museum of China, Beijing, 4,100,000
15. Centre Pompidou, Paris, 3,800,000
16. Musee d’Orsay, Paris, 3,579,000
17. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 3,232,000
18. National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 3,128,000
19. Geological Museum of China, Beijing, 3,000,000
20. Science Museum, London 2,990,000