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List of largest art museums

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Art museums are some of the largest buildings in the world. The world's most pre-eminent museums have also engaged in various expansion projects through the years, expanding their total exhibition space.[1]

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The following is a list of art museums ranked according to their gallery space where published by reliable sources. Only museums with more than 12,000 square meters (130,000 sq ft) of gallery space are included. Large museums that do not have reliably-sourced statistics are omitted; this is not a complete list.

Rank Building Name City Country Gallery space
in m2 (sq ft)
Year
established
1
Louvre Paris  France 72,735
(782,910)[2]
1792
2
State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg  Russia 66,842
(719,480)[3]
1764
3
National Museum of China Beijing  China 65,000
(700,000)[4]
1959
4
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City  United States 58,820
(633,100)[5]
1870
5
Vatican Museums Vatican City (Rome)   Vatican City 43,000
(460,000)[5]
1506
6
National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City  Mexico 33,000
(360,000)[6]
1964
7
Victoria and Albert Museum London  United Kingdom 30,658
(330,000)[7][8]
1852
8
Houston Museum of Fine Arts Houston  United States 28,000
(300,000)[9]
1900
9
National Museum of Korea Seoul  South Korea 27,090
(291,600)[10]
1909
10
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago  United States 26,000
(280,000)[11][note 1]
1879
11
British Museum London  United Kingdom 25,700
(277,000)[5]
1753
12
National Gallery of Art Washington  United States 25,200
(271,000)[12]
1937
13
MASS MoCA North Adams  United States 23,225
(249,990)[13]
1999
14
Museum of Fine Arts Boston  United States 20,500
(221,000)[14]
1870
15 Shandong Art Museum Jinan  China 19,700
(212,000)[15]
1977
16
Israel Museum Jerusalem  Israel 18,500
(199,000)[16]
1965
17
National Gallery Singapore Singapore  Singapore 18,000
(190,000)[17]
2015
18
Minneapolis Institute of Art Minneapolis  United States 17,500
(188,000)[18]
1883
19
Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham  United States 17,000

(180,000)[19]

1951
Arsenal (Biennale) Venice  Italy 17,000
(180,000)[20]
1895
Musée National d'Art Moderne Paris  France 17,000
(180,000)[21]
1947
22
Musée d'Orsay Paris  France 16,853
(181,400)[22]
1986
23
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco  United States 15,800
(170,000)[23]
1935
24
Museo del Prado Madrid  Spain 15,400
(166,000)[24]
1819
Museum of Modern Art New York City  United States 15,400
(166,000)[25]
1929
26
Denver Art Museum Denver  United States 15,000
(160,000)[26][27]
1918
Egyptian Museum Cairo  Egypt 15,000
(160,000)[28]
1902
Matarazzo Ciccillo (Bienal) São Paulo  Brazil 15,000
(160,000)[29]
1951
29
Dia:Beacon Beacon, New York  United States 14,900
(160,000)[30]
2003
30
Dallas Museum of Art Dallas  United States 14,800
(159,000)[18]
1903
31
Museo Reina Sofía Madrid  Spain 14,756
(158,830)[31][32][note 2]
1992
32
MMCA, Gwacheon Gwacheon  South Korea 14,144
(152,240)[33]
1969
33
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit  United States 14,000
(150,000)[34]
1885
34
Tokyo National Art Center Tokyo  Japan 14,000
(150,000)[35]
2007
35
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Taichung  Taiwan 13,600
(146,000)[36]
1988
36
National Gallery in Prague (Veletržní) Prague  Czech Republic 13,500
(145,000)[37]
1796
37
Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis  United States 13,300
(143,000)[38]
1883
38
Bavarian National Museum Munich  Germany 13,000
(140,000)[39]
1855
Capital Museum Beijing  China 13,000
(140,000)[40][41]
1981
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Montreal  Canada 13,000
(140,000)[42]
1860
National Gallery London  United Kingdom 13,000
(140,000)[note 3][43]
1824
National Gallery of Victoria (St Kilda Road) Melbourne  Australia 13,000
(140,000)[44]
1861
Palais de Tokyo Paris  France 13,000
(140,000)[45]
2001
Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad  India 13,000
(140,000)[46]
1855
45
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Richmond  United States 12,500
(135,000)[47]
1934
46
Tate Modern London  United Kingdom 12,427
(133,760)[48]
2000
47
Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland  United States 12,400
(133,000)[18]
1913
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa  Canada 12,400
(133,000)[49]
1880
49
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto  Canada 12,000
(129,000)[50]
1900
Hamburger Kunsthalle Hamburg  Germany 12,000
(130,000)[51]
1869
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam  Netherlands 12,000
(130,000)[52]
1849
National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi  India 12,000
(130,000)[53]
1954
Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille Lille  France 12,000
(130,000)[54]
1809
Pinakothek der Moderne Munich  Germany 12,000
(130,000)[55]
2002
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam  Netherlands 12,000
(130,000)[56]
1800
Tretyakov Gallery (Krymsky Val) Moscow  Russia 12,000
(130,000)[57]
1985

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See also

Notes

  1. ^ 65,000 sqft expansion adds 30% of gallery space
  2. ^ References for historical building + extension
  3. ^ The Sainsbury Wing has 450,000 square feet of exhibition space (Victoria Newhouse, Towards a New Museum, 1998, Monacelli Press, p.182) and accounts for roughly a third of the museum

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