The following were the twenty most visited art exhibitions of 2010:
In Tokyo and Kyoto, Hasegawa Tohaku pulled in the crowds, as did Abe Lincoln in Washington, DC. According to The Art Newspaper:
Forecasting exhibition attendance is an unpredictable science. Who would have thought that the six-foot-high plaster model of a statue of Abraham Lincoln would attract 9,290 visitors a day to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC? “Designing the Lincoln Memorial” lacked the magic words “treasures”, “impressionism” or “gold” in the title and yet it attracted 2.9m visitors in total, putting it third overall in The Art Newspaper’s 17th annual survey of attendance figures.
The data only includes museums who reported attendance rates for exhibitions to The Art Newspaper.