Top 10 Most Visited Museums in France

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Here is the Top 10 list of the most visited museums in France, which are all located in Paris and Versailles. The first museum outside the Paris region – the Pompidou Centre in Metz – ranks number 13.

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The most visited Museums in France

France is home to 1,218 museums, 7 of them welcomed more than 1 million visitors in 2011. Only 63 museums in France welcomed between 100,000 and 1 million visitors. France’s first museum – the Louvre – is also the world’s largest and most visited museum. The list below includes the visitor count.

1. Musée du Louvre, Paris: 8,711,000

The glass pyramid, general entrance to the museum © French Moments

The glass pyramid, general entrance to the museum © French Moments


2. Versailles: 6,746,000

Versailles Palace © French Moments

Versailles Palace © French Moments


3. Musée national d’Art moderne (Centre Pompidou), Paris: 3,726,000

Pompidou Centre Paris

Centre Pompidou, Paris © French Moments


4. Musée d’Orsay, Paris: 3,144,000

Musée d'Orsay © French Moments

Musée d’Orsay © French Moments


5. Musée du Quai Branly, Paris: 1,457,000

Quai Branly from above © French Moments

Quai Branly from above © French Moments


6. Musée de l’Armée, Paris: 1,434,000

The Dome church of Les Invalides © French Moments

The Dome church of Les Invalides seen from avenue de Tourville © French Moments


7. Musée Carnavalet, Paris: 1,108,000

The Carnavalet Mansion, Paris © French Moments

The Carnavalet Mansion, Paris © French Moments


8. Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, Paris: 738,000

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Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, Paris © French Moments


9. Musée national Auguste-Rodin, Paris: 735,000

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Musée Rodin © Pierre Lannes – licence [CC BY-SA 2.0] from Wikimedia Commons


10. Musée national de l’Orangerie, Paris: 697,000

Nymphéas Claude Monet Orangerie Paris French Moments

The Nymphéas by Claude Monet at the Orangerie, Paris © French Moments


And the list goes on…

11. Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris: 602,000


12. Petit Palais, Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris: 561,000

Garden of the Petit Palais

The central dome of the Petit-Palais © French Moments


13. Centre Pompidou, Metz: 552,000

Pompidou Centre in Metz © French Moments

Pompidou Centre in Metz © French Moments


Source: Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, figures based on statistics from 2011

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management.

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