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.

The 9/11 Museum in Lower Manhattan is set next to the site of the destroyed World Trade Centers. Photo / Getty Images
The 9/11 Museum in Lower Manhattan is set next to the site of the destroyed World Trade Centers. Photo / Getty Images

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.

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

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London's British Museum is spot number four on the world's best museums. Photo / Getty Images
London's British Museum is spot number four on the world's best museums. Photo / Getty Images

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.

Muse d'Orsay: Paris's former Gare d'Orsay train station is now the world's best museum. Photo / Pedro Fiúza, Getty Images)
Muse d'Orsay: Paris's former Gare d'Orsay train station is now the world's best museum. Photo / Pedro Fiúza, Getty Images)

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).

The only museums outside Europe and North America spaces, nine and ten are from slightly further afield.

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).

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City. Photo / Getty Images
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City. Photo / Getty Images
Great War Exhibition: Peter Jackson's centenrary exhibition is at second place in New Zealand's top museums. Photo / Supplied TripAdvisor
Great War Exhibition: Peter Jackson's centenrary exhibition is at second place in New Zealand's top museums. Photo / Supplied TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor also produced museum rankings for New Zealand.

Top of this list was Wellington's Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, which the site describes as: "New Zealand's bold, innovative and interactive national museum"

Second place goes to the Great War Exhibition, Peter Jackson's labour of love marking the First World War Centenary in Wellington, with third place going to the Auckland Museum.

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Dunedin's Otago Settler's Museum also makes the cut at number four, Blenheim's Aviation Centre at five and Hokitika's Wilderness Gallery at six, at the start of the West Coast Wilderness trail.

Invercargill's transport museums, Bill Richardson Transport World and the Motorcycle Mecca, fill up spots seven and eight, with the Tawhiti Museum in Hawera and Nelson's fashion museum World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars finishing off the list.

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."

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Top 10 Travellers' Choice Museums in New Zealand





1. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa - Wellington

2. The Great War Exhibition - Wellington

3. Auckland Museum - Auckland

4. Toitu Otago Settlers Museum - Dunedin

5. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre - Blenheim

6. Wilderness Gallery - Hokitika

7. Bill Richardson Transport Museum - Invercargill

8. Classic Motorcycle Mecca - Invercargill

9. Tawhiti Museum - Hawera

10. World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars - Nelson