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World’s top 100 Art Museums & Galleries
Each year The Art Newspaper conducts an international survey of museum attendance.
It lists the top 100 museums and galleries by visitor numbers.
In 2012 the Louvre in Paris took top spot with almost ten million visitors.
1. Louvre, Paris
2. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
3. British Museum, London
4. Tate Modern, London
5. The National Gallery, London
6. Vatican Museums, Vatican City
7. National Palace Museum, Taipei
8. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
9. Centre Pompidue, Paris
10. Musee d' Orsay, Paris
Seven Asia-Europe Museum Network members appeared in the top 100 list with a combined total of almost twenty million visitors:
[3rd] British Museum, London, 5,575,946 visitors
[11th] Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 3,231,700 visitors
[12th] National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 3,128,550 visitors
[15th] National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul, 2,640,264 visitors
[19th] Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 1,944,820 visitors
[20th] National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1,893,521 visitors
[37th] Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, 1,310,148 visitors
The art of today might overshadow the art of the past in the salerooms and university lecture halls, but in
the temporary exhibition galleries of museums worldwide, Old Masters still punch their weight,
albeit when they travel a long way from home.
Top of our international survey of exhibition attendance during 2012 was a show of Dutch Old Masters that started a world tour in Japan.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum reopened after a refurbishment with paintings lent by the Mauritshuis, which is closed for modernisation until 2014. The main attraction of the Mauritshuis show, which also visited Kobe, was Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, around 1665.
The portrait, as well as works by Rembrandt, Hals and Van Dyck from the Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, attracted 10,573 visitors a day in Tokyo. (The Kobe leg ended in January; the next stop is San Francisco.) Als in Japan’s capital city, 400 year’s-worth of European art lent by St Petersburg’s Hermitage did not disappoint at the box office of the National Art Center (5,362 visitors a day). Read more at The Art Newspaper, April 2013
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