The Louvre in Paris was reportedly the world’s most popular museum in 2008, attracting more visitors than any of its counterparts around the world.
Research by the Art Newspaper revealed that 8.5 million people visited the famous cultural institution last year, placing it ahead of London’s British Museum, which welcomed 5.93 million guests.
The Louvre was ranked the top museum for the second year running, while the British Museum moved up from the fourth place that it achieved in 2007.
Another leading London attraction, Tate Modern, was ranked in fourth position in the popularity list for 2008, while the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art completed the top five.
Rome’s Vatican Museums were the sixth most popular institution last year with 4.44 million visitors, while the National Art Centre in Tokyo was the highest ranked museum outside Europe and the US.
The most famous piece of art that people on Paris tours can see in the Louvre’s collection is the Mona Lisa, while the British Museum boasts Egyptian sculptures, the Rosetta Stone and other treasures.
Paris – Enjoy the view from the Eiffel Tower or see the Mona Lisa in the "city of light".