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Museum attendance builds as new exhibitions draw more visitors

Latest figures reveal almost 3% more visits during April 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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4.6 million visits were made to museums and galleries sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in April 2014 according to Official Statistics published today. This equates to nearly a 3% increase on the same period last year.

Popular exhibitions such as Matisse: Cut-Outs at Tate Modern and Vikings: Life and Legend at the British Museum have helped to boost numbers in the lead up to Summer.

These statistics support findings from the Taking Part Survey, which showed that over half of all adults in England had visited a museum or art gallery in the last year. Further to this, 78% had attended or participated in the arts and 73% had visited a heritage site.

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Published 5 June 2014