For a lot of people, vacation means relaxing in an island paradise or enjoying underwater activities, like scuba diving, snorkeling and the like. For others, a holiday means being one with nature through camping, trekking and mountain climbing. Then, there are those who take pleasure in exploring different tourist attractions that tell stories of a place’s colorful history or people. Among the most visited sights that many tourists never miss to check out are museums.
Take a look at the list of some of the most visited museums around the world and find out if you’ve been to some or all of them.
Musee du Louvre – Paris
According to a lot of travel sites, the Louvre Museum in Paris is the most popular one. In fact, it gets around eight million visitors every year. Even before it was featured in a famous book, the Louvre has always been a favorite among art lovers with an estimated collection of 35,000 artworks.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum – Washington, DC
This museum is home to the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft, luring aviation fans of around 8,300,000 annually. Here, you will find original works by the Wright brothers’ 1903 flyer as well as samples of a lunar rock, flight simulators, 3D space shows and other cool stuff.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – Washington, DC
Here, an estimated 6,800,000 visitors come here every year to check out a massive collection of 126 million artifacts, including dinosaur fossils, making it the world’s most-visited natural history museum. The Smithsonian natural history museum is also home to the Sant Ocean Hall, which has the biggest collection of marine items.
British Museum – London
One of the best things about visiting here is that the admission is free. Other compelling reasons include 7 million objects to see and 2.5 miles to explore. Two of the most treasured artifacts here include the Rosetta Stone and Elgin Marbles.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City
The Met Museum is not only known for the annual Met Gala, which is attended by A-list celebrities, but is also popular for its Alexander McQueen show, the 8th most famous attraction here. Aside from that, there’s a Picasso special exhibition as well as the Big Bambu installation by Doug and Mike Starn.