LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The treasures stored inside D.C.’s impressive collection of museums — dinosaur bones, spaceships, iconic movie props and artistic masterpieces — apparently have a lot of international appeal.

According to the 2013 Theme and Museum Index Report, our nation’s capital is home to four of the world’s 20 most popular museums.

The only city with a better showing on the list is London, which has six of the top 20. The only other American city on the list is New York, which has two of top 20.

The most visited museum in the world is the Louvre in Paris, which had more than 9 million visitors in 2013.

The D.C. attractions that made the list are the National Museum of Natural History (8 million visitors), the National Air and Space Museum (6.97 visitors), the National Museum of American History (4.9 million visitors) and the National Gallery of Art (4.1 million visitors).

That means those four museums alone hosted nearly 24 million visitors last year.


1) Louvre — Paris, France
2) National Museum of Natural History — Washington, D.C.
3) National Museum of China — Beijing, China
4) National Air and Space Museum — Washington, D.C.
5) British Museum — London, England
6) The Metropolitan Museum of Art — New York City
7) National Gallery — London, England
8) Vatican Museums — Vatican City (Rome, Italy)
9) Natural History Museum — London, England
10) American Museum of Natural History — New York City
11) National Museum of American History — Washington, D.C.
12) Tate Modern — London, England
13) National Palace Museum — Taipei, Taiwan
14) National Gallery of Art — Washington, D.C.
15) Centre Pompidou — Paris, France
16) Shanghai Science & Technology Museum — Shanghai, China
17) Musee D’Orsay — Paris, France
18) National Museum of Natural Science — Taichung, Taiwan
19) Science Museum — London, England
20) Victoria & Albert Museum — London, England


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