The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world and the Reina Sofia, the only Spanish among the 20 most viewed

The top 20 museums in the world received 108 million visitors, more than 10 million in the Louvre

The Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid has positioned itself among the 20 most visited in the world, according to the annual ‘Theme Index and Museum Index 2018’, published by Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM. Specifically, Reina Sofía occupies position 17, being the only one of the Spanish museums that appears in the ranking.

The world’s top 20 museums received a total of 108 million visitors last year, 0.1% more than the previous year when they received a total of 107.9 million.

The classification is headed by the Louvre Museum in Paris (France) with 10.2 million visits last year 2018, which represents an increase of 25.9% of visits compared to 2016. For its part, the Queen Sofia registered slightly more than 3.89 million visitors during this year, keeping their visitors compared to the previous year.

The National Museum of China in Beijing (China), the Metropolitan of New York (United States), the Vatican Museums in the Vatican and the National Museum of Air and Space in Washington (USA), lead the Top 5 ranking from behind of the Louvre.

Among the museums highlighted by the ranking are also the British Museum, the Tate Modern and the Natural History Museum all in London, as well as the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Analyzing by percentage, last year the highest growth occurred in the Louvre Museum in Paris, which increased the number of its visitors by almost 26% in the face of the 20% drop in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington.


The top 20 museums in Europe received 80.2 million visitors last year, which is 6.1% more than the previous year. The report ensures that European museums represent the most important market worldwide with 9 of its museums among the top 20, and monopolizing 48% of the world’s visits.

The Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, which is ranked number 9 in the ranking of the 20 most visited of the continent, is joined, as the only two Spanish representations, the Prado Museum in Madrid, which occupies the 13th position with 2.89 million visitors, 2.4% more.

The European ranking is again headed by the Louvre, and positions the Vatican Museums in the Vatican, the British Museum in London, the Tate Modern in London and the National Gallery in London, in the Top 5 of the most visited in Europe.

On a quantitative level, the report notes that the figures have remained stable over the past few years. Within the top 20 there is a majority presence of European museums, with up to nine, followed by the Americans, with six, and l …

During 2018, in the American continent, the increase recorded by the National Museum of Portraits stands out, largely due to the exhibition of works on former President Barack Obama and his family.

Regarding Asia, the most visited museum in 2018 was the National Museum of China (Beijing), whose affluence grew by more than half a million people compared to 2017, reaching 8.6 million visitors, which puts it only behind of the Louvre. In addition, the entrance of three Chinese museums, the Top 20 worldwide, is also important.