Year on year rise in visitor numbers to UK museums and galleries
Research has shown that attendance at museum and galleries saw an increase of up to 17% in 2009. These figures and more are featured in this collection of research from sources including VisitEngland , The Economist, National Arts and Business Consumer Council, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, VisitWales and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Museum and gallery attendance - more of the population are visiting:
• A growing proportion of the population of England attends museums. 45.8% of adults attended a museum, gallery or archive at least once in 2009, up from 43% in 2006.18 Two thirds of 5-10 year olds (66.3%) and well over half of 11-15 year olds (59.7%) attended a museum or gallery at least once in 2008/09.19
• In 2008, children under 16 made up 28% of all visits to Renaissance hub museums.20
• School visits are increasing. Year 1-11 visits to Renaissance hub museums increased by 8.2% between 2006/07 and 2008/09. Pre-5 and Reception visits to hub museums increased by 17.7% between 2006-07 and 2008-09.21