Louvre Museum in Paris, France is the most visited Museum
The Louvre Museum, ranked No. 1, benefits from broad name recognition and an enviable art collection, but it also has the good fortune of being located in France, which—along with the U.K.—drew the most international tourists in 2011, according to the World Tourism Organization.
This list of 10 most visited museums is based on "2011 worldwide museum attendance numbers" compiled by The Art Newspaper recently published in 2012. The country with the highest number of visitors in the top 100 is the United Kingdom.
The country with the most museums appearing in the top 100 is the United States.
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, for instance, reduced its exhibition budget by 39 percent yet still attracted more visitors than the prior year 2011 by leveraging its extensive in-house collection, which spawned a massively popular Picasso show.
TOP 10 VISITED MUSEUMS: