Louvre remains worldwide leader
17 June, 2017
With 7.4m people, the Louvre continues to boast the title of world’s top museum in terms of attendance, according to The Art Newspaper’s ranking of the most visited museums in 2016.
The competitive rivalry between the leading museums in New York and London continued in 2016. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose three branches attracted over 7m people, pushed the British Museum (6.4m visitors) from the second place.
Five of the ten most visited exhibitions in New York, with a combined audience of 1.2m people, took place in the Whitney Museum of American Art. Meanwhile, the Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA) was visited by 2.8m people.
A remarkable surge of attendance was seen in museums in Madrid, where the Prado Museum recorded over 3m visitors for the first time since 2012, according to The Art Newspaper. The exhibitions hosted by the Reina Sofia Museum were seen by more than 3.6m people in 2016.
With over 6m visitors, the National Gallery in London is once again ahead of Tate Modern, which welcomed 5.9m art fans. However, Tate Modern continues to be the world’s most famous museum for contemporary and modern art.