Museums and galleries monthly visits

This series brings together all documents relating to DCMS sponsored museums and galleries


In 2017/18, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport sponsored 15 national museums and galleries who provided free entry to their permanent collections.

Monthly visitor statistics

This release provides information about visits to museums and galleries in England. The visit figures are updated on the first Thursday of every month (excluding January) and will be one month in arrears to allow time for the museums and galleries to collect the data. This release is a time series including previously published data. The total visit figure refers to all visits to the museums and galleries, excluding corporate events.

All museums and galleries are subject to seasonal fluctuations in the numbers of visits they receive. The general trend is for the visit numbers to be higher during school holidays. Some temporary exhibitions attract large numbers of visits and this will also have an impact on the monthly figures. There may also be occasions when all or part of a museum or gallery is closed for refurbishment, affecting the monthly total.

For further information, see the latest Museums and galleries monthly visits statistics

Annual key performance indicators

This release provides information on the performance indicators of DCMS sponsored museums and galleries. These figures are updated on annually, and will report on the previous financial year. This release is a time series that includes previously published data. These data are collected by the museums through sample surveys, with the exception of the information on educational visits and total visits, which are based on actual counts.

For further information, see the latest Sponsored museums annual performance indicators statistics


Responsible statistician: Wilmah Deda

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Published 10 September 2013