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The best museums in the world revealed: Musee d'Orsay in Paris ranked No1 by TripAdvisor, with New York attractions coming second and third and the British Museum fourth

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Inside the Musee d'Orsay in the French capital, Paris. It has been named the best museum in the world by TripAdvisor © Provided by Associated Newspapers limited Inside the Musee d'Orsay in the French capital, Paris. It has been named the best museum in the world by TripAdvisor The best museum in the world for 2018 has been named as the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

It comes top of the pile in TripAdvisor's annual Travellers’ Choice Awards for Museums, beating New York's 9/11 Memorial and Museum into second place.

Third is fellow Big Apple attraction The Metropolitan Museum of Art, otherwise known as the Met, while in fourth place is the British Museum in London.

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The awards are decided by an algorithm that analyses the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide.

Winner Musee d'Orsay, which was once a railway station, impressed visitors as it now houses a staggering collection of impressionist art, as well as other items created between 1848 and 1914.

Following the 9/11 Museum, the Met and the British Museum is Spain's Prado National Museum in Madrid in fifth place - it's known, says TripAdvisor, for its diverse assortment of works by Velasquez, Goya and El Greco.

Also ranking in the top 10 are the Acropolis Museum in Athens (sixth), the Louvre Museum in Paris (seventh) and The National World War Two Museum in New Orleans (eighth).

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TOP 10 TRAVELLERS' CHOICE MUSEUMS IN THE WORLD 

1. Musée d'Orsay - Paris, France

2. The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum - New York City

The second-best rated museum in the world is the moving 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York © Provided by Associated Newspapers limited The second-best rated museum in the world is the moving 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York 3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art -New York City

4. The British Museum - London

5. Prado National Museum - Madrid

6. Acropolis Museum - Athens

a large building with British Museum in the background: The most highly ranked museum in the UK is the British Museum, takes fourth place © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The most highly ranked museum in the UK is the British Museum, takes fourth place 7. Louvre Museum - Paris

8. The National WWII Museum - New Orleans, Louisiana

9. National Museum of Anthropology - Mexico City

10. War Remnants Museum - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which topped the list in 2016, comes third © Provided by Associated Newspapers limited The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which topped the list in 2016, comes third

Rounding off the top ten are the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City (ninth) and the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (tenth). 

TripAdvisor also produced European and UK rankings.

The National Gallery in London - home to collections of Western European paintings dating back to the 13th century - comes sixth in the European list (the top five obviously being drawn from the top 10 global ranking). 

Other highly rated museums in Europe include the Vasa Museum in Stockholm (seventh), Uffizi Galleries in Florence (eighth), Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum (ninth) and Russia's State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (tenth).

In the UK, London comes out top again, boasting half the winners.

a group of people in front of a house: One of the most highly rated museums in Europe is Spain's Prado National Museum in Madrid. It ranks fifth globally © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One of the most highly rated museums in Europe is Spain's Prado National Museum in Madrid. It ranks fifth globally Last year’s winner the V&A Museum comes third and other winners from the capital include the Natural History Museum and Churchill War Rooms, which take fourth and sixth place respectively.

The highest ranked museum outside of London is the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, which comes fifth.

Hayley Coleman, spokesperson for TripAdvisor, said: 'This year’s award-winning museums are a great start for travellers wanting to explore the world’s finest collections of art, culture, design, history and science.'

a large building in the background with The National Gallery in the background: The National Gallery in London - home to collections of Western European paintings dating back to the 13th century - comes sixth in the European list © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The National Gallery in London - home to collections of Western European paintings dating back to the 13th century - comes sixth in the European list

BEST MUSEUMS IN BRITAIN AND THE REST OF EUROPE 

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Museums in Europe 

 1. Musée d'Orsay — Paris, France

2. The British Museum — London, England

3. Prado National Museum — Madrid, Spain

4. Acropolis Museum — Athens, Greece

5. Louvre Museum — Paris, France

6. National Gallery — London, England

7. Vasa Museum — Stockholm, Sweden

8. Uffizi Galleries — Florence, Italy

9. Rijksmuseum — Amsterdam, The Netherlands

10. The State Hermitage Museum — St. Petersburg, Russia

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Museums in the UK 

1. The British Museum — London, England

2. National Gallery — London

3. V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum — London

4. Natural History Museum — LondoN 

5. National Museum of Scotland — Edinburgh 

6. Churchill War Rooms — London 

7. Titanic Belfast — Belfast

8. National Railway Museum — York  

9. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum — Glasgow

10. The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel — Glasgow, Scotland 

Source: TripAdvisor 

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