The Louvre, the world's most visited museum, has artwork and objects exhibited across 72,735 square meters, making it also the largest museum in the world.
1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY. The Met — as it's affectionately called by New Yorkers — tops the list as travelers top choice in the US and in the world for the third year. It's one of the world's great museums — so great that you can spend the entire day there and still not see everything.
The Largest Art Museums In The World
- Louvre. The Louvre, located in Paris, France, is the largest art museum in the world with an area size of 782,910 square feet. ...
- State Hermitage Museum. The State Hermitage Museum, located in St. ...
- National Museum of China. ...
- Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)—New York, NY: The Met is famous worldwide for its very diverse and expansive collection—in fact, more than two million works are housed here, divided into nineteen different departments. It is the largest museum in the United States.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, located at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C., is one of the most visited natural history museums in the world. Opened in 1910, the museum houses the world's largest collection of natural history specimens and artifacts.
The Capitoline Museum, or Musei Capitolini, is very probably the world's oldest museum. Located in Rome, just a stone's throw from the Colosseum, the museum houses a fantastic collection of classical art and archaeology.
Several museums lay claim to the title of "world's smallest"—the MMuseumm in New York City is housed inside an elevator shaft, while a teeny converted shed in the town of Superior, Arizona calls itself the World's Smallest Museum by coming in at just 134 square feet.
Global cities with the highest number of museums 2019
As of May 2019, Paris was crowned the museum capital of the world, accounting for 297 museums. Following hot on the French capital's heels was Moscow with 261 museums.
The Louvre in Paris is one of the world's largest and most visited art museums in the world. The museum opened in 1793 and is housed in the Louvre Palace, a former royal palace. The famous glass pyramid which in the main courtyard of the Louvre Palace was added in 1989 and serves as the main entrance to the museum.
Established in 1753, the British Museum is the largest in the U.K. with a gallery area of 277,000 square feet (25,700m2) and 8 million objects that show the diversity of human cultures.
The Louvre is the world's largest museum and houses one of the most impressive art collections in history. The magnificent, baroque-style palace and museum — LeMusée du Louvre in French — sits along the banks of the Seine River in Paris.
The world's oldest museum was built by a Babylonian princess 2,500 years ago. Early museums began as private collections of wealthy individuals, families or institutions of art and rare or curious natural objects and artefacts. These were often displayed in so-called wonder rooms or cabinets of curiosities.
Lomekwi Stone Tools
What is this? The stone tools unearthed at Lomekwi 3, an archaeological site in Kenya, are the oldest artifacts in the world.
Global number of museums 2021, by UNESCO regional classification. According to UNESCO, the current estimated total number of museums worldwide is around 104 thousand.
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science (Brussels)
With the largest dinosaur hall in the world, this museum has an impressive collection of fossilized skeletons and casts.
The museum occupies more than 2 million square feet (190,000 m2). AMNH has a full-time scientific staff of 225, sponsors over 120 special field expeditions each year, and averages about five million visits annually. NRHP reference No.
Museum of Science and Industry.
The Museum of Science and Industry – one of the largest science museums in the world – reported 1,388,000 visitors in 2019, a 10.7% drop from its 1,555,000 visitors in 2018.
On permanent display at the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa was assessed at US$100 million on December 14, 1962. Taking inflation into account, the 1962 value would be around US$900 million in 2021.