In the U.S., museums and historical sites generate more than 13 billion U.S. dollars in revenue annually and this number is expected to edge closer to 15 billion by 2020. The most visited museum in the U.S. is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or “the Met.” Located in New York City, the Met is the largest museum in the U.S. and attracts more than six million visitors a year. It is home to a vast array of artworks from many historical periods.
On a global scale, the Met is outranked by the Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London in terms of visitor numbers. The Louvre is housed in a 12th Century palace and receives more than eight million visitors per year. When the museum opened in 1793 it had just 537 paintings but today holds nearly 35,000 artworks.