The National Museum of China in Beijing was the world's most-visited museum in 2016, says an annual report on global attractions.
The report was released on June 1 by The Themed Entertainment Association, an international nonprofit organization and the economics practice at AECOM, a multinational engineering firm. The report has charted global museum trends for five years by listing top 20 best-attended museums worldwide and in different regions.
The National Museum of China tops the list for the first time, receiving 7.55 million people in 2016. That is an increase of 3.6 percent compared to 2015.
Washington's National Air and Space Museum comes in second. The Louvre, which garnered the top position on the 2015 list, ranks third. The Paris museum suffered a 14.9 percent drop because of a decline in tourism.
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum was the seventh-most visited museum in the world in 2016.
US and British museums each seized three spots in the top 10.
The Taipei Palace Museum is ranked 12 with an 11.8 percent decrease of attendance. The report says it is because of a decline in the number of visitors from the mainland.
1. National Museum of China, Beijing, China
Attendance in 2016: 7.55 million
Egyptian statue (far) and stele shown at Inventions of Louvre, at the National Museum of China [Photo by Jiang Dong/China Daily]
2. National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC, US
Attendance in 2016: 7.5 million
The original model of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise from the television series "Star Trek" is on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, September 12, 2016. [Photo/VCG]
3. Louvre, Paris, France
Attendance in 2016: 7.4 million
People are walking in front of the Louvre museum in Paris. [Photo/VCG]
4. National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, US
Attendance in 2016: 7.1 million
A red painted coffin displayed during the preview of the 'Mummies' Exhibition at The American Museum of Natural History [Photo/VCG]
5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Attendance in 2016: 6.7 million
The Metropolitan Museum of Art [Photo/VCG]
6. British Museum, London, UK
Attendance in 2016: 6.42 million
Artifacts from Egypt on display at the British Museum on July 20, 2016. [Photo/VCG]
7. Shanghai Science & Technology Museum, Shanghai, China
Attendance in 2016: 6.32 million
A visitor is pictured at the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum on April 18. [Photo/VCG]
8. National Gallery, London, UK
Attendance in 2016: 6.26 million
The National Gallery [Photo/VCG]
9. Vatican Museums, Vatican, Vatican City
Attendance in 2016: 6.07 million
A sign showing the way to the entrance of the Basilica Dome, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is seen in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican May 1, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]
10. Tate Modern, London, UK
Attendance in 2016: 5.84 million
A visitor at the Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain is pictured in this file photo taken on Feb 15, 2012. [Photo/VCG]