Vatican Museums fifth most visited in world

Italy has no museums in top 10 list

The Vatican Museums have come fifth in the list of the world's most-visited art museums in 2013, according to the annual attendance-based survey by The Art Newspaper.

An increase of around 400,000 visitors from the previous year helped the Vatican Museums move up one place to fifth position, welcoming a total of 5,459,000 visitors in 2013.

There are no Italian state art institutions in the top ten list, which is dominated by Paris and London.

Top of the list is the Louvre with 9.3 million visitors, followed by the British Museum with 6.7 million; the Metropolitan in New York with 6.2 million; and the National Gallery in London with 6 million.

In sixth place comes London's Tate Modern with 4.8 million visitors; the National Palace Museum in Taipei wth 4.5 million; the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC with four million; the Centre Pompidou in Paris with 3.7 million, and the Musee D'Orsay, also in Paris, with 3.5 million visitors.

The five Italian museums in the top 100 list begin with the Uffizi in Florence in 26th place, with 1.8 million visitors. This is followed by Palazzo Ducale in Venice with 1.3 million visitors; Gallerie dell'Accademia in Florence with 1.2 million; Castel S. Angelo in Rome with over 918,000 visitors; and Palazzo Pitti in Florence with just over 700,000 visitors.