The top 10 most visited museums around the world have been revealed, following a statistical analysis of attendance numbers taken last year. The results come from an index released by the Themed Entertainment Association, an international non-profit organisation working within the hospitality and entertainment field. The index accounts for a total of 107.8 million visitors to museums in total, showing an increase of 1.3 million people on the results from last year.
Attendance grew by 1.2% overall, while Museums in Europe, North America and Asia dominated the top 10 most visited list.
Having had a staggering seven million, five hundred and fifty thousand visitors, the National Museum of China claimed the top spot and saw a growth of 3.6% on last year’s figures. Founded in 2003 and based on the merging of two previous museums, the National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of Chinese Revolution, the free attraction is located on the east side of Tiananmen Square.
With thousands of objects on display, including the 1903 Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module, the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum welcomed seven million, five hundred thousand people to its Washington DC location last year.
The world’s largest and arguably most famous museum proved to be the most visited one in Europe, attracting seven million four thousand people, despite the fact that visitor numbers fell by 14.9%.
Another member of the Smithsonian Institute, the National Museum of Natural History saw a growth of 2.9% in visitor numbers over 2015.
The largest museum in the United States, the much loved Met claimed fifth position in 2016.
Located in the Bloomsbury area of London, the British Museum holds a vast collection of artefacts and world art that proved popular with visitors.
Boasting an exhibition space of 65,500 square metres, the museum saw a 6.2% visitor growth on the previous year.
Located at Trafalgar Square in the heart of London, the National Gallery proved to be a big draw last year, attracting over six million people.
Showcasing some of the most famous renaissance art in the world as well as the collections built by different Popes throughout the centuries, the Vatican Museums proved as popular as ever, showing a 1.1% growth in visitor numbers.
Housing a collection of British art from 1500 to the present day, the Tate Modern saw a large increase in visitors, growing 23.9% over the previous year.