The 20 Most Famous Museums in the World, According to Instagram
Visiting a museum is no longer as simple as taking a stroll through the galleries and then stopping by the gift shop—you also have to fit in time for that golden shot that will make its way to your Insta account. When you're surrounded by some of the most valuable and famous artifacts in the world, it'd be hard not to share with your followers.
According to Instagram data for 2016, New York City, London, Los Angeles and Paris museums officially supreme on the app based on the number of geo-tags this year—but they're not the only cities where people are gramming their museums.
Read on for the most-Instagrammed museums of the year.
1. MUSÉE DU LOUVRE, PARIS, FRANCE
Even if you haven't been to the Louvre, you've definitely seen it scrolling through Instagram. It's the world's largest museum, and its glass pyramid is one of Europe's most recognizable landmarks.
2. THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK
The nation's largest museum isn't just filled with some of the world's most valuable artwork, it's also full of plenty of photo-ops — from the grand steps at the entrance to the enchanting glass Temple of Dendur wing.
3. THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MOMA), NEW YORK
Where there is modern art, there will be art lovers Instagraming it. MoMA also happens to be one of the world's most influential modern art museums, so there's no better place to go to fill your feed.
4. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA), LOS ANGELES
Between the "Urban Light," the "Rain Room" and the "Penetrable" (also known as the hanging noodle exhibit), people flock to this iconic Los Angeles museum for the 'gram.
5. THE BROAD, LOS ANGELES
This relatively new contemporary art museum has a sleek exterior and well-known "Under The Table" exhibit, where you can walk beneath a massive dining room table. In other words, don't forget your phone at home.
6. NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM, NEW YORK
In the first four months after its 2014 opening alone, the memorial and museum saw more than one million visitors. This year marked 15 years since the 9/11 attacks.
7. AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, NEW YORK
An entire hall full of enormous dinosaur fossils is definitely something you don't see every day. Translation: 'Gram it.
8. WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK
Since the Whitney opened at its new West Village location next to The High Line in 2015, its bold and modern exterior has been a big draw for Instagrammers.
9. BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON, UK
The British Museum's Great Court, a two-acre courtyard with a mesmerizing patterned glass roof and a reading room, is no doubt what earned this museum ninth place on the list.
10. THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, CHICAGO
The Art Institute is one of the nation's oldest museums, and its classical architecture and bronze lion statues have made it a favorite Chicago snapshot.
11. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON, UK
Between its grand 19th-century architecture with arches and towers, and the large tree-lined and fairy light-adorned ice rink the museum sets up annually during the holiday season, there are plenty of reasons to be geotagging this one.
12. CENTRE POMPIDOU, PARIS, FRANCE
This loud, ultra-modern museum turns traditional building design inside out with visible piping and tubes. The result is anything but typical and oh-so-gram-worthy.
13. MUSÉE D'ORSAY, PARIS, FRANCE
With a location right on the Seine and masterpieces by everyone from Monet to van Gogh, this one's a European classic begging for a photo op.
14. PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, PHILADELPHIA
It has beautiful grounds, a majestic fountain, and an entrance that evokes an ancient Greek temple. Need we say more?
15. HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
There are seven riverside buildings that make up the Hermitage Museum, and each is more incredible than the last. The star of the show is the majestic and historic green Winter Palace, though, which served as the official royal residence until 1917.
16. VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON, UK
Head to the V&A because it's the world's largest design museum, but reach for your iPhone because there's a grassy oasis and oval pool (called the John Madejski Garden) that await within.
17. PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES, MÉXICO, D.F.
There's a reason this one's called a palace: The white marble building is as breathtaking as the art it holds.
18. VATICAN MUSEUMS, VATICAN CITY, ROME
It has some of the most important classical and renaissance art spanning centuries and the Sistine Chapel. If you're not Instagramming Michelangelo's masterpiece, you're doing 21st-century Vatican City wrong.
19. J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
The Getty's two campuses feature a tram, pristine gardens, vast views of the city and plenty of Los Angeles sunshine.
20. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO, BILBAO, SPAIN
This curvy Frank Gehry-designed museum on the Nervión River is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece in and of itself that you'd be hard-pressed to resist snapping.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.