The Louvre is the most-visited museum or gallery in the world, new figures have revealed.
Visitors to the Paris museum increased by 26 per cent to 10.2million in 2018.
The second most-popular museum is the National Museum of China in Beijing, while New York’s Metropolitan Museum is third. The UK’s Tate Modern comes fifth.
The Louvre in Paris, which has been named as the world’s most visited museum or art gallery
The figures were revealed by The Art Newspaper, which ranked museums and art galleries by visitor numbers.
The report said that the Louvre credited its boost of popularity in 2018 to a music video by Beyonce and Jay-Z filmed in the former palace and a huge Delacroix exhibition.
In fourth place are the Vatican Museums.
The second most-visited museum or art gallery is the National Museum of China in Beijing
The third most popular museum or art gallery is the Metropolitan Museum in New York
Fifth-placed Tate Modern welcomed 5.9million people in 2018, with its Picasso exhibition proving particularly popular.
It is the first time in the popularity stakes that the London art gallery has overtaken the British Museum, which now sits in sixth place after welcoming 5.8million visitors.
In seventh place is the National Gallery, also in London, followed by the National Gallery of Art, Washington (eighth), and State Hermitage, St Petersburg (ninth).
Inside the Raphaels Rooms in the Vatican Museums, which is ranked fourth on the list
The most popular UK museum or gallery is the Tate Modern, which is in fifth place globally
Rounding off the top ten is the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
The V&A reported a record year, with four million visitors thanks to exhibitions on Frida Kahlo, Winnie the Pooh and fashion house Balenciaga.
The figures are published in the April issue of the newspaper, which is out on March 27.
THE WORLD’S MOST VISITED ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
1. Musee du Louvre, Paris
2. National Museum of China, Beijing
3. Metropolitan Museum, New York
4. Vatican Museums, Vatican City
5. Tate Modern, London
6. British Museum, London
7. National Gallery, London
8. National Gallery of Art, Washington
9. State Hermitage, St Petersburg
10. Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Source: The Art Newspaper