List of largest art museums

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]

ListEdit

The following is a list of art museums ranked according to their gallery space where published by reliable sources. Only museum 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 may be omitted; this is not necessarily 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   National Museum of Korea Seoul   South Korea 27,090
(291,600)[9]
1909
9   Art Institute of Chicago Chicago   United States 26,000
(280,000)[10][note 1]
1879
  Nanjing Museum Nanjing   China 26,000
(280,000)[11]
1933
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   Three Gorges Museum Chongqing   China 20,858
(224,510)[14]
2005
15   Museum of Fine Arts Boston   United States 20,500
(221,000)[15]
1870
16 Shandong Art Museum Jinan   China 19,700
(212,000)[16]
1977
17   Israel Museum Jerusalem   Israel 18,500
(199,000)[17]
1965
18   National Gallery Singapore Singapore   Singapore 18,000
(190,000)[18]
2015
19   Minneapolis Institute of Art Minneapolis   United States 17,500
(188,000)[19]
1883
20   Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham   United States 17,000

(180,000)[20]

1951
  Arsenal (Biennale) Venice   Italy 17,000
(180,000)[21]
1895
  Musée National d'Art Moderne Paris   France 17,000
(180,000)[22]
1947
23   Musée d'Orsay Paris   France 16,853
(181,400)[23]
1986
24   San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco   United States 15,800
(170,000)[24]
1935
25   Museo del Prado Madrid   Spain 15,400
(166,000)[25]
1819
  Museum of Modern Art New York City   United States 15,400
(166,000)[26]
1929
27   Denver Art Museum Denver   United States 15,000
(160,000)[27][28]
1918
  Egyptian Museum Cairo   Egypt 15,000
(160,000)[29]
1902
  Matarazzo Ciccillo (Bienal) São Paulo   Brazil 15,000
(160,000)[30]
1951
30   Dia:Beacon Beacon, New York   United States 14,900
(160,000)[31]
2003
31   Dallas Museum of Art Dallas   United States 14,800
(159,000)[19]
1903
32   Museo Reina Sofía Madrid   Spain 14,756
(158,830)[32][33][note 2]
1992
33   MMCA, Gwacheon Gwacheon   South Korea 14,144
(152,240)[34]
1969
34   Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit   United States 14,000
(150,000)[35]
1885
34   Tokyo National Art Center Tokyo   Japan 14,000
(150,000)[36]
2007
36   National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Taichung   Taiwan 13,600
(146,000)[37]
1988
37   National Gallery in Prague (Veletržní) Prague   Czech Republic 13,500
(145,000)[38]
1796
38   Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis   United States 13,300
(143,000)[39]
1883
39   Bavarian National Museum Munich   Germany 13,000
(140,000)[40]
1855
  Capital Museum Beijing   China 13,000
(140,000)[41][42]
1981
  Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Montreal   Canada 13,000
(140,000)[43]
1860
  National Gallery London   United Kingdom 13,000
(140,000)[note 3][44]
1824
  National Gallery of Victoria (St Kilda Road) Melbourne   Australia 13,000
(140,000)[45]
1861
  Palais de Tokyo Paris   France 13,000
(140,000)[46]
2001
  Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad   India 13,000
(140,000)[47]
1855
46   Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Richmond   United States 12,500
(135,000)[48]
1934
47   Tate Modern London   United Kingdom 12,427
(133,760)[49]
2000
48   Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland   United States 12,400
(133,000)[19]
1913
  National Gallery of Canada Ottawa   Canada 12,400
(133,000)[50]
1880
50   Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto   Canada 12,000
(129,000)[51]
1900
  Hamburger Kunsthalle Hamburg   Germany 12,000
(130,000)[52]
1869
  Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam   Netherlands 12,000
(130,000)[53]
1849
  Houston Museum of Fine Arts Houston   United States 12,000
(130,000)[54][note 4]
1900
  National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi   India 12,000
(130,000)[55]
1954
  Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille Lille   France 12,000
(130,000)[56]
1809
  Pinakothek der Moderne Munich   Germany 12,000
(130,000)[57]
2002
  Rijksmuseum Amsterdam   Netherlands 12,000
(130,000)[58]
1800
  Tretyakov Gallery (Krymsky Val) Moscow   Russia 12,000
(130,000)[59]
1985

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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
  4. ^ Main buildings : Law and Beck

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