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The Art Newspaper’s annual survey of art museums named the Louvre in Paris the most visited institution in the world for 2012. Attendance skyrocketed to 9.7 million, meaning one million more people visited the museum than in 2011.The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was the world’s second most-visited institution.

The list of most-visited museums did not change significantly from 2011 and the Louvre has claimed the top spot since 2007. British museums fared exceptionally well in 2012 with some help from the London summer Olympics, which brought crowds of visitors to the city. The Tate Modern saw attendance jump from 4.8 million to 5.3 million thanks to a highly anticipated Damien Hirst (b. 1965) retrospective, which helped the museum move from the fifth to the fourth most visited institution in the world.

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