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Museums remain a firm favourite for visitors in England

Latest stats show increase in monthly visits compared to same period in 2013.

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4.1 million visits were made to museums and galleries sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in February 2014 according to Official Statistics published today. A 5% increase on the same period a year previously.

Popular attractions such as the Mallard 75 event at the Locomotion at Shildon Museum boosted visits. Nearly 120,000 visits were made in just 8 days to see the world’s fastest locomotive reunited with is 5 surviving sister locomotives.

These statistics also build upon findings from last week’s 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 3 April 2014