In an age where most things are disposable, living things are facing extinction and creative works are often ephemeral, someone's got to preserve the objects of artistic, cultural, historical, and scientific importance. So hats off to the museums and institutions around the world that people are lining up to visit -- to the tune of 108 million visitors at the busiest 20 museums in the world.

Museum attendance is up globally, according to a recent study published by the Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM, (ACM) - Get Report which tracks attendance to museums internationally. In North America, attendance has grown by 1%, from 58.5 million visitors in 2016 to 59.1 million in 2017.

Based on the report, these are the busiest and most popular museums in the world. The list includes the 10 highest-attended museums in three regions: North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe/Middle East/Africa.

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.