After a record-setting number of visitors in 2011, the Louvre in Paris has reaffirmed its status as the world's most-visited museum.
Officials at the famed French art museum revealed on Monday the venue's 2011 attendance statistics.
A record 8.8 million people visited in 2011.
The museum — home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and other art world masterpieces — had drawn 8.5 million visitors for the previous three consecutive years. The 2011 result represents a five per cent increase, museum officials said in a statement.
"We are glad to note the revived interest in our museum on the part of Americans, as well as an increase in the number of tourists from developing countries," they added.
Visitors from abroad comprised 66 per cent of the 2011 attendance, led by museum patrons hailing from the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Australia and China, according to Louvre staffers.
Other art museums that are top draws worldwide include the British Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, according to the U.K. based The Art Newspaper.