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Here is the Top 10 list of the most visited museums in France, which are nearly all located in Paris and Versailles.

 

Most visited Museums in France

France is home to 1,218 museums, 8 of which welcomed more than 1 million visitors in 2019. 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

Number of visitors: 10,105,962

Website of the Museum

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

 

2. Place and Domain of Versailles

Number of Visitors: 8,177,695

Website of the Domain

Versailles Palace © French Moments
Versailles Palace © French Moments

 

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

Number of visitors: 3,878,053

Website of the Museum

Pompidou Centre Paris
Centre Pompidou, Paris © French Moments

 

4. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Number of visitors: 3,651,616

Website of the Museum

Musée d'Orsay © French Moments
Musée d’Orsay © French Moments

 

5. Musée de l’Armée, Paris

Number of visitors: 1,525,030

Website of the Museum

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

 

6. Musée du Quai Branly, Paris

Number of visitors: 1,496,439

Website of the Museum

Quai Branly from above © French Moments
Quai Branly from above © French Moments

 

7. Petit Palais, Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris

Number of visitors: 1,203,810

Website of the Museum

Garden of the Petit Palais
The central dome of the Petit-Palais © French Moments

 

8. Musée Carnavalet, Paris

Number of visitors: 1,108,079

Website of the Museum

The Carnavalet Mansion, Paris © French Moments
The Carnavalet Mansion, Paris © French Moments

 

9. Musée national de l’Orangerie, Paris

Number of visitors: 938,281

Website of the Museum

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

 

10. Musée des Confluences, Lyon

Number of visitors: 880,596

Website of the Museum

 

And the list goes on…

 

11. Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Number of visitors: 869,797

Website of the Museum

 

12. Louvre-Lens, Lens

Number of visitors: 863,117

Website of the Museum

 

14. Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, Paris

Number of visitors: 838,586

Website of the Museum

Grande Galerie de l'Evolution Paris French Moments
Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, Paris © French Moments

 

15. Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris

Number of visitors: 832,088

Website of the Museum

 

16. Musée Picasso, Paris

Number of visitors: 766764

Website of the Museum

 

17. Musée national Auguste-Rodin, Paris

Number of visitors: 754,963

Website of the Museum

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

18. Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée – MuCem, Marseille

Number of visitors: 674,051

Website of the Museum

 

19. Musée d’Art et d’Histoire – Ensemble monumental de Narbonne

Number of visitors: 664,403

Website of the Museum

 

20. Centre Pompidou, Metz

Number of visitors: 615,830

Website of the Museum

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 2019

About the author

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. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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