World’s most visited museum

Love them or hate them, museums are a common attraction while travelling on a gap year. For example, the National Museum of Korea is considered one of the best attractions in the country and millions of travellers visit the museum each year.

However, the world’s most-visited museum goes to the Louvre in Paris, France, with a record 8.8 million visitors last year.

The Louvre is home to masterpieces such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Caravaggio’s The Fortune Teller and it is home to over 35,000 objects.

The Louvre saw a 5% increase in visitors in 2011, from 8.5 million visitors to 8.8 million.

The museum said it enjoyed "a strong return of American visits and a more and more marked presence of visitors from emerging countries."

Visitors from abroad accounted for 66% of the total, led by tourists from the United States, followed by Brazil, Italy, Australia and China.

The survey conducted by London-based The Art Newspaper has also revealed that after the Louvre, the British Museum is the second most-visited museum with a total of 5.8 million visitors closely followed by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art with 5.2 million visitors.

Have you ever visited the Louvre as part of your gap year? What's your favourite museum?

If you thinking of going to France on your gap year then read our France country section for loads of useful advice and information.

Photo of the Louvre taken by Kevin Poh (via Creative Commons)