Museums are magical places, as they contain all the most beautiful and valuable objects in the world, as well as teach us so much about where we come from and where we’re headed. Interactive science museums let visitors experience the newest tech advancements, whereas art galleries are the home for masterpieces in all the different artistic mediums. All these and more factors make museums a popular destination for both tourists and locals, with some of the most popular ones welcoming over 10 million visitors each year. In this article, you will find 15 of the most-visited museums on our planet ordered from least to most-visited and find out what makes them oh so very special and popular.
15. National Folk Museum of Korea
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Visitors per year: 2,054,719
If you’re curious to learn everything about the traditional Korean culture, this is the place to be. In the museum, you will find replicas of historical objects that serve as illustrations of the traditional life of the Korean people throughout history.
Model of a traditional Korean herbal medicine shop Nagyman/ Wikimedia Commons
The museum has 3 main exhibition halls, as well as open-air exhibits, all of which will guide visitors throughout the various aspects of traditional life, starting from clothing, farming, food and medicine production, as well as religion.
A vintage print of the Rijksmuseum (circa 1890-1905)
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Visitors per year: 2,300,000
The Rijksmuseum tells the story of Amsterdam throughout the years and features works of such Dutch masters as Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, and Frans Hals.
The library inside the Rijksmuseum
The museum building was finalized by the late 19 century. It’s considered a national heritage site and contains an extensive library. It was constructed specifically to house the museum. Rijksmuseum is situated conveniently in the Museum Square of the city right next to other sites that are worth a visit, such as the Van Gogh museum, for example.
13. National Museum of African American History and Culture
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Visitors per year: 2,400,000
We have featured this beautiful building previously, praising its architectural design, but what we did not point out in that article was that in the short three years of being open, the National Museum of African American History and Culture became one of the most popular museums in the world.
The museum is the embodiment of over a century of efforts to create a place that would feature African American culture and history on a federal scale and boasts of having over 35.000 permanent exhibits.
12. National Museum of Anthropology
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Visitors per year: 2,596,725
This is the largest and most-visited museum in Mexico and one that has numerous unique archeological and anthropological artifacts from the pre-Columbian era in Mexico.
The Aztec (Mexica) gallery at the museum Gary Todd/ Flickr
The Aztec collection is one of the most notable exhibitions, as it contains the famous Stone of the Sun, also known as the Aztec calendar stone, as well as numerous statues, mortuary masks, and other priceless ancient artifacts.
11. Moscow Kremlin Museums
Location: Moscow, Russia
Visitors per year: 2,867,295
The Kremlin is a fortified structure in Moscow that contains some of the most notable sights in the city, such as beautiful palaces, cathedrals, the president’s official residence, as well as a complex of museums.
Gospel book covers at the Kremlin Armoury Shakko/ Wikimedia Commons