Top 10 Most Visited Museums in France


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.

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


2. Versailles: 6,746,000

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

4. Musée d’Orsay, Paris: 3,144,000

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

6. Musée de l’Armée, Paris: 1,434,000

7. Musée Carnavalet, Paris: 1,108,000

Hôtel Carnavalet, Marais (Paris) © French Moments

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

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

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

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


13. Centre Pompidou, Metz: 552,000

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


About 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. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French 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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