Tate Modern has taken the title of the most visited museum in the UK from the British Museum, according to attendance figures from 2018.
Earlier this week, The Art Newspaper revealed its annual table of museums from around the world. The findings showed that 5.9 million people headed to the Tate Modern last year.
This is 49,000 more visitors than the British Museum experienced, resulting in it losing its crown as the most attended exhibition centre in the country for the first time in a decade.
It is thought Tate Modern was such a popular choice last year due to its new exhibition Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy.
The first solo Picasso exhibition to be showcased in museum display cabinets at the gallery, it introduced more than 100 pieces of artwork, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, to the public between March 8th and September 9th 2018.
Overall, Tate Modern took fifth position in the worldwide table, while British Museum was the sixth most visited museum across the globe.
London’s National Gallery also made the top ten, with 5.74 million people visiting it during 2018, more than the National Gallery of Art in Washington, St Petersburg’s State Hermitage and the Victoria and Albert museum in the UK.
The survey found the most popular cultural centre in the world was the Musee du Louvre in Paris, which drew in 10.2 million people over the 12 months.
“The 226-year-old French institution comfortable retains its title as the most popular art museum in our survey,” the article reported, adding: “Its major show on the quintessential 19th-century French Romantic Eugene Delacroix was seen by a record 540,000 people (5,431 people a day) during its four-month run.”
Musee du Louvre’s visitor numbers are significantly more than the National Museum of China, which took second place and attracted 8.6 million visitors.