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List of most visited art museums in the world
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 list is the United States.
The list also includes exhibition centers organizing temporary art displays. Several major art museums, such as the Palace Museum in Beijing, which annually draw close to 12 million visitors, the Museo del Prado in Madrid, with 2,800,000 visitors in 2012, and the National Museum of Anthropology of Mexico City, with 1,767,092 visitors in 2011, were not included.
Annual fluctuations occur due to the popularity of special exhibitions and improved collections. For example, the National Gallery of Victoria 2,800,000 visitors in 2017, placing it well into the top 20.
- "Visitor Figures 2012" (PDF). London: The Art Newspaper. April 2013. http://www.theartnewspaper.com/attfig/attfig12.pdf. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Clough, G. Wayne. "A Better Space". Smithsonian Magazine. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/From-the-Castle-A-Better-Space.html. "Three museums are by far and away in a league of their own for "world’s most-visited museum." Beijing’s Palace Museum hosts almost 12 million visitors annually..."
- "Five years after completing its extension the Prado receives more than 3 million visitors and achieves 60% self-funding". Museo Nacional del Prado. 2 January 2013. http://www.museodelprado.es/en/press/news/news/volver/72/actualidad/el-museo-del-prado-supera-los-tres-millones-de-visitantes-y-alcanza-el-60-de-autofinanciacion-es-e/. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
- "Turismo cultural supera 18 millones de visitantes" (in es). El Economista. 2012-01-16. http://eleconomista.com.mx/entretenimiento/2012/01/16/turismo-cultural-supera-18-millones-visitantes. Retrieved 2013-08-10.