Art & Culture

The Louvre is still the most popular museum in the world

Three Parisian museums found themselves in the top-10 of the most visited museums in the world in 2011, and the famous Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) had become the leader of this ranking. Near 9 million people managed to enjoy the masterpieces exhibited in this museum last year.

By the way, one of the collections of the Louvre (about the history of Islamic art) will be moved to a new building this summer. The luxurious construction in the form of glass sail with golden elements has potential to become not less recognizable symbol of this Paris museum than the famous glass pyramid at the entrance to the Louvre.

The most famous exhibits of the museum, which annually attract near eight and a half million visitors from all over the world, are “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci (La Gioconda), “Liberty on the Barricades” by Delacroix (La Liberté guidant le peuple Eugène Delacroix), “Code of Hammurabi”, “Venus de Milo”, “Nike of Samothrace”, paintings of Rembrandt and Titian (Tiziano).

The Centre of Pompidou in Paris (Centre Georges-Pompidou) – exhibition of the collection of modern art masterpieces has the eighth place in this ranking.

One more Paris museum – the Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay) – encloses the top-10. In 2011 the museum survived the reconstruction and it had only turned out for the best. Space of the exhibition was increased appreciably, the interior had become even more appropriate to the works of Impressionists displayed here.

The only city that can compete with Paris by number of the most popular museums is London. The capital of Britain has three objects in the top-10: the British Museum, Tate Modern gallery and the National Gallery (3rd, 4th and 5th places respectively).

Besides already mentioned cultural attractions the list includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the National Palace Museum of Taiwan in Taipei and the National Museum of Korea in Seoul.