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The Louvre was the most visited art museum in 2011

The Arts Newspaper has recently made the announcement at the Louvre Museum in Paris was the most visited art museum in the world in 2011. It estimated that throughout the year nearly Nine million people visited the museum, which is a significant increase on the figures from the previous year.

Second place is held by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum came in at third place. In fourth place was the National Gallery and fifth place was held by the Tate Modern, both museums located in London.

The list was first put together by the newspaper in 2007 and since this time it has always been led by the Louvre. The deputy editor of the newspaper, Javier Pes commented that, “The Louvre is so popular because it is the home of the Mona Lisa as well as numerous other remarkable pieces of art.”

Despite the global recession, more people than ever before are attending art galleries. This is despite many galleries having a budget cut as they look for ways to save money. Museums are having to rely on their great collections and putting them back on the shelves has proved an excellent low-cost alternative.

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