The World’s Most Visited Art Museums

While the fine arts will never attract as many people as major sporting events, the world’s top museums do quite well in the crowd department. Toronto needs to step it up though.


The Art Newspaper recently released its annual survey of global museum attendance, and if you live in Toronto, the numbers are a bit shocking:


Population: 2,615,060 (2011)

Visitors to the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2014: 861,991 (No. 75 globally)


Population: 1,649,519 (2011)

Visitors to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2014: 1,015,022 (No. 62 globally)

Clearly, when it comes to art, Torontonians just aren’t as passionate as Montrealers. Oh well, it could be worse, The National Gallery of Canada (in Ottawa) didn’t even make the list.

To put the above in (even more) perspective, here are some other results from the survey:

The world’s most visited art museum in 2014

The Louvre, Paris, 9,260,000

North American’s most visited art museum in 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 6,162,147 (No. 4 globally)

The world’s most visited art show in 2014

The All Complete Qianlong: Emperor Gaozong, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1,170,862

North America’s most visited art show in 2014

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 643,783

The world’s most visited show for a living artist in 2014:

Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Obsession, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brazil, 754,565