Most visited museums in Europe 2018

The Louvre in Paris is the most visited museum in Europe, recording an attendance of over 10 million visitors in 2018. As the largest art museum in the world, it is known across the globe for exhibiting some of the world’s most famous artworks including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. It ranks not only as the most visited art museum in Europe, but also worldwide. The Vatican Museums followed with approximately 6.8 million visitors.

London – the museum capital of Europe?

Of the 20 most popular museums in Europe, six are located in London. The six museums accounted for almost 30 million visitors combined in 2018. The most visited of the museums in London is the British Museum, dedicated to human history and culture. It was the first public national museum in the world and attracts around six to seven million visitors annually.

Tourism to Europe boosts museum attendance

London and Paris rank as two of the top city tourism destinations in Europe, continually recording the highest number of overnight stays of any city. Both are home to some of the countries’ most important national cultural attractions and monuments, which help to attract high numbers of international tourists every year.

Leading 20 museums in Europe in 2018, based on attendance

Attendance in thousands
Louvre, Paris10,200
Vatican Museums, Vatican6,756
British Museum, London5,869
Tate Modern, London5,829
National Gallery, London5,736
Natural History Museum, London5,226
State Hermitage, St Petersburg4,294
Victoria and Albert Museum, London3,968
Reina Sofia, Madrid3,898
Centre Pompidou, Paris3,552
Science Museum (South Kensington), London3,286
Musée D'Orsay, Paris3,175
Museo Nacional Del Prado, Madrid2,893
Galleria Degli Uffizi, Florence2,330
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam2,300
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris2,231
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh2,228
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam2,206
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, Oświęcim2,152
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow2,149
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May 2019



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