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Top 5 Most-Visited Museums

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When you’re travelng, you want to sample the culture, history and art of the new place you’re exploring. There’s truly no better place to do that than a museum, and you’re bound to get more than just a taste of local life when you go there. These five houses of culture see more than 5 million annual visitors each, so there must be something worth looking at. Who are we to disagree?

Most Popular Museums in the World

  1. Musée du Louvre: The home of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa shows 8.5 million visitors through its doors each year as one of Paris’s (and Europe’s) most desired destinations. The Louvre owes its reputation to the over 35,000 pieces of art that decorate its galleries. Besides the Mona Lisa, the world’s top museum hosts such masterpieces as the Venus de Milo, the Nike of Samothrace and Michelangelo’s Slaves.
  2. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: This amazing repository of artifacts chronicles the history of flight, from the Wright brothers’ original 1903 flyer to space capsules, drawing 8.3 million visitors in Washington, D.C. each year. As a prime science learning destination, the Smithsonian offers plenty of interactive exhibits for children and lectures from prominent figures in science and spaceflight. If you’re on the National Mall, this wouldn’t be a bad stop to add to your list.
  3. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Washington, D.C. sees such an influx of visitors each year that it’s no surprise the capitol city has multiple museums in the top five. The Museum of Natural History sees 6.8 million visitors each year, largely due to its amazing collection of dinosaur fossils, the enormous Hope Diamond and thousands of exhibits on animal life.
  4. British Museum: London’s most popular museum attracts over 5.8 million visitors annually. Free admission and incredible architecture alone should be enough to entice you to go see it. The British Museum carries millions of items throughout its enormous spaces, ranging from ancient artifacts to modern art pieces.
  5.  Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York City has a lot to offer any traveler, but at least 5.2 million visitors and New York natives peruse the halls of the Met each year. Through May you can see amazing pieces of Japanese art, and a new exhibition features art from the Middle East and South Asia.

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