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.


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

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Cour Napoléon and the Glass Pyramid, the Louvre Palace © French Moments


2. Versailles: 6,746,000

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Hall of Mirrors in Versailles © French Moments


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

Pompidou Centre Paris

The pipes seen from rue Beaubourg © French Moments


4. Musée d’Orsay, Paris: 3,144,000

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The Orsay Museum in Paris, a former railway station © French Moments


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

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Quai Branly Museum from above © French Moments


6. Musée de l’Armée, Paris: 1,434,000

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Hôtel des Invalides © French Moments


7. Musée Carnavalet, Paris: 1,108,000

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Hôtel Carnavalet, Marais (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

Musée Rodin Paris

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


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

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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

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Palais de Toyko from above © French Moments


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

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Petit-Palais, Paris © French Moments


13. Centre Pompidou, Metz: 552,000

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Metz Pompidou © 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. 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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