Since we began travelling as a family, we have visited almost all the continents, all the major cities around the world, the most popular tourist attractions around the world and experienced different cultures. Though we like trying out new things, one item that never misses in our bucket list is a visit to museums. We love a trip to the museum as it provides our kids with unforgettable, immersive learning experiences that aggravate imagination and introduce them to unknown worlds and subject matter while offering exceptional environments for quality family time.
When we were going through our travel photos, we realized that we have been lucky enough to visit some of the best natural history museums as well as science museums, and we wondered which the biggest museum in the world is. So we compiled a list of the largest museums in the world.
1. The Louvre – Paris, France
The Louvre used to be a medieval fortress and the residential home of many French Kings before it was transformed into a museum around two centuries ago.
The Louvre museum – Gallery area 72,735 m2 (782,910 sq ft) Established1792 – Largest Museum in the World, Paris France
The museum holds strong at number spot as one of the most visited museums in the world with more than 9 million annual visitors. Interestingly 30% of those visitors are domestic residents, while 70% are international guests. Louvre is home to some of the most influential artworks in the world such as the Aphrodite’s Venus de Milo, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and the finest diamond on earth, the Regent.
In total, the Louvre houses more than 70, 000 pieces in a 650,000-square-feet gallery space.
I.M. Pei’s pyramid has become one of the most identifiable structures in the world and is probably most popular than the museum building itself. The pyramid was built in 1989 to serve as the main entrance to the museum.
A second Louvre Museum was opened in 2017 in Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island. Abu Dhabi paid France $525 million to use the name Louvre as well as an additional $747 million for art loans, management advice, and special exhibitions.