News & events > List of Most Popular Museums in the World in 2015 Now Out
16 Apr 2016

List of Most Popular Museums in the World in 2015 Now Out

Most Visited Museums 2015 International news service The Art Newspaper has recently published a list of the most visited museums in the world in 2015. According to these figures, the Louvre Museum, Paris, again topped the list last year, despite the impact of the terrorist attacks in November, which led to a reduction of visits in the following weeks. Despite this, with 8.6 million visitors in 2015, the Louvre is still the world’s most-attended museum. London’s British Museum, an ASEMUS member, remained in second place, with 6.8 million visitors (up from 6.7 million in 2014). The National Gallery in London fell from third to fifth place after a series of strikes led to temporary room closures. It was overtaken by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, whose 6.5 million visitors included those also who went to the Cloisters. London’s Tate Modern sees attendance fluctuate more than its peers. It drew 4.7 million visitors in 2015, one million fewer than in 2014. The museum’s extension, which is due to open in June, should give it a significant boost this year. Other museums in the top 10 of most visited museums include the Vatican Museums; the National Palace Museum, Taipei; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; and Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Three private museums made their debut in The Art Newspaper's 2015 survey. The Broad in Los Angeles, which opened at the end of September, attracted more than 200,000 visitors in the final months of 2015. The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris is a force to be reckoned with, attracting around one million visitors in its inaugural year. Meanwhile, Dasha Zhukova’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art reopened in a building converted by Rem Koolhaas in June. The Moscow institution attracted more than 538,000 visitors. But Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is still top of the pile; his Museo Soumaya in Mexico City attracted more than 1.6 million visitors over multiple venues. For additional information, please visit