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After losing last year the first position, the Louvre Museum regains first place in the ranking of the most visited museums in the world, according to the 12th edition of the annual Theme Index and Museum Index 2017 report, published by Themed Entertainment Association ( ASD) and AECOM.

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The most visited museums in the world in 2017

8.1 million visitors, almost 10% more than the previous year, crossed the doors of the Louvre during 2017. Of those 8.1 million, 70% (about 5.6) were foreigners.

Among the causes of the decline in visitors in 2015 and 2016, and consequent loss of the first position in 2016, are the terrorist attacks suffered in the French capital, as well as the overflow of the Seine River, which meant the closure of the museum for several days.

The recovery of tourism in 2017, as well as the exhibitions on Vermeer, Valentin de Boulogne and Caravaggio, have led the Louvre to once again lead the world ranking of the world's most popular museums.

Museo del Louvre (París)

The well-known Louvre Museum © Getty Images

In second position, with 8 million visitors, is the National Museum of China (Bejing) that diverted the Louvre the previous year occupying the first position.

Two museums tie in third place: the National Museum of Air and Space in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (MET), with 7 million visitors each.

The 17th place in the mudial ranking, and first in Spain, is for the Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid), which received 3.9 million visitors in 2017.

Museo Metropolitan de Nueva York

New York Metropolitan Museum © Getty Images

In terms of global assistance as a whole, the twenty most popular museums in the world received 108 million visitors during the past year, which is 0.2% more than in 2016.

In the top 10 worldwide we find four museums located in Europe, four in the United States and two in China.

London (with the Tate Modern and the British Museum), Vatican City ( Vatican Museums) and Paris (with the Louvre Museum) are the European cities that sneak into the ranking.

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The most visited museums in the world in 2017