Museum

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM published the TEA/AECOM 2018 Theme Index and Museum Index: The Global Attractions Attendance Report, a study of attendance at the world's most visited theme parks, amusement parks, waterparks and museums.

Museums are mission-driven organizations and beacons of culture, arts, history, science, education, and entertainment. Fluctuations in museum attendance tend to be driven by temporary exhibits, facility improvements or expansions, external market conditions and expansions to competitive museums in the same market.

The Top 20 Museums in North America are:

Top 20 Museums in North America
Rank
Museum, Location
Change 2018 2017
Admission
1
The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York, NY, USA
5.1% 7,360,000 7,000,000
Paid
2
National Air and Space Museum,
Washington, DC, USA
-11.4% 6,200,000 7,000,000
Free
3
American Museum of Natural History,
New York, NY, USA
0.0% 5,000,000 5,000,000
Paid
4 National Museum of Natural History,
Washington, DC, USA
-20.0% 4,800,000 6,000,000
Free
5 National Gallery of Art,
Washington DC, USA
-15.8% 4,404,000 5,232,000 Free
6
National Museum of American History,
Washington, DC, USA
0.0% 3,800,000 3,800,000
Free
7
Museum of Modern Art,
New York, NY, USA
0.9% 2,774,000 2,750,000
Paid
8
California Science Center,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
19.7% 2,520,000 2,106,000
Paid
9
National Museum of African American History and Culture,
Washington, DC, USA
0.0% 2,400,000 2,400,000
Free
10
Houston Museum of Natural Science,
Houston, TX, USA
0.8% 2,313,000 2,295,000
Free
11
Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture,
Washington, DC, USA
76.9% 2,300,000 1,300,000
Free
12
U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,
Washington, DC, USA
-2.9% 1,650,000 1,700,000
Paid
13 The Art Institute of Chicago,
Chicago, IL, USA
0.7% 1,622,000 1,610,000 Paid
14 Field Museum of Natural History,
Chicago, IL, USA
-15.3% 1,525,000 1,800,000 Paid
15 The J. Paul Getty Museum,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
3.9% 1,509,000 1,452,000 Free
16 Udar-Hazy Center,
Washington, DC, USA
-6.3% 1,500,000 1,600,000 Free
16 Museum of Science and Industry,
Chicago, IL, USA
0.7% 1,500,000 1,490,000 Paid
18 Museum of Science,
Boston, MA, USA
4.1% 1,458,000 1,400,000
Paid
19 Denver Museum of Nature & Science,
Denver, CO, USA
11.2% 1,415,000 1,273,000* Paid
20 California Academy of Sciences,
San Francisco, CA, USA
-4.9% 1,295,000 1,362,000
Paid
TOP 20 TOTAL ATTENDANCE 2018   57,345,000 58,570,000  
TOP 20 TOTAL ATTENDANCE GROWTH 2017-18
-3.0% 57,345,000 59,097,000


Source: TEA/AECOM 2018 Theme Index and Museum Index: The Global Attractions Attendance Report


* Adjustment versus the figure we published in last year’s report

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