Statistical data set

Museums and galleries monthly visits

Monthly provisional statistics on the number of visits to the DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries are published here every quarter.

Monthly and Quarterly Visits to DCMS-Sponsored Museums and Galleries- January to March 2022 data tables

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Last update

12 May 2022

Next update

August 2022

Geographic coverage

England

Frequency of release

Quarterly

Summary

Between January and March 2022, there were a total of 5.4 million visits to DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries.

This was 52.5% lower compared to the same period in 2019, and 37.6% lower compared to the same period in 2020.

We have excluded visitor figures from the Museum of the Home (which was closed from January 2018 to June 2021) and the National Portrait Gallery (which closed in March 2020 and will reopen in spring 2023) when calculating percentage changes.

Coverage

This release provides monthly absolute visitor totals for the individual museums and galleries sponsored by DCMS.

Background

This release provides information about visits to DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries in England. Following the change from monthly to quarterly publication, monthly visitor figures will still be available but published on a quarterly basis.

The statistical series provides information on the visits to DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries in England and is subject to seasonal fluctuations. The general trend is for visits to be higher during school holidays. Some temporary exhibitions attract large numbers of visits and there may also be occasions when all or part of a museum or gallery is closed for refurbishment, both affecting the visitor numbers.

Data collection methods vary between institutions, and each uses a method appropriate to its situation. All data is collected according to the Performance Indicator guidance.

Figures may be subject to revision. Any amendments will be published on this website in accordance with the Department’s revision statement, available in our compliance statement.

The UK Statistics Authority

This release is published in accordance with the Code of Practice for Statistics produced by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). The UKSA has the overall objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It monitors and reports on all official statistics, and promotes good practice in this area.

Pre-release access

The Pre-release Access List contains a list of ministers and officials who have received privileged early access to this release of Museum and Gallery monthly visit figures. In line with best practice, the list has been kept to a minimum and those given access for briefing purposes had a maximum of 24 hours.

Contact

Responsible statistician: Emma Lymath

For any queries please contact evidence@dcms.gov.uk.

Published 1 March 2013
Last updated 12 May 2022 + show all updates
  1. Data tables have been updated with the latest visitor figures for January to March 2022.

  2. Monthly and quarterly visitor figures have been updated with data for October to December 2021.

  3. A number of revisions have been made to the monthly and quarterly visits for the sponsored museums and galleries. These are marked with an [r] which denotes a revision in the associated data tables.

  4. Updated to include data covering July to September 2021

  5. Updated to include data from April to June 2021.

  6. Published visitor data for October to December 2020

  7. Published monthly DCMS-sponsored museum visitor figures for July to September 2020

  8. Publication of DCMS sponsored museum visitor figures January to March 2020

  9. Publishing monthly visitor figures for October to December 2019.

  10. We have updated this series to include visitor figures up to September 2019

  11. Updated with visitor figures up to June 2019

  12. Updated with visitor figures for January, February and March 2019

  13. Monthly museum and galleries visits have been updated with December 2018 data.

  14. Updated with visitor figures up to November 2018.

  15. Updated with visitor figures for October 2018.

  16. Updated with visitor figures for September 2018.

  17. Updated with visitor numbers for August 2018

  18. Updated with visitor figures for July 2018

  19. Updated with monthly visit figures for June 2018

  20. Updated with the latest visitor numbers for May 2018

  21. Updated with visitor figures for April 2018.

  22. Updated with visitor figures for February 2018.

  23. An error was identified in the published figures for the National Musuems Liverpool whereby one of the sites were omittied from the total figure. A revision has now been made to both the National Museums Liverpool and the total DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries figures.

  24. Updated with the latest visitor figures for January 2018.

  25. Updated with December 2017 visitor figures.

  26. Updated with visitor figures for November 2017.

  27. Updated with visitor figures for October 2017.

  28. Updated with monthly visit figures for September 2017.

  29. Updated with August 2017 data.

  30. Updated with July 2017 monthly visits.

  31. Latest statistics published.

  32. Updated with latest figures for May 2017

  33. Updated with latest figures for April 2017

  34. Updated with the latest statistics for March 2017

  35. Monthly release and new CSV format

  36. Updated statistics.

  37. Updated statistics.

  38. New statistics.

  39. Updated statistics.

  40. Updated statistics for July 2016.

  41. Updated statistics - June 2016.

  42. Updated statistics - May 2016.

  43. Updated figures.

  44. Updated figures.

  45. Updated statistics.

  46. Updated statistics (January 2016).

  47. December 2016 figures.

  48. Revised on 15th January 2016.

  49. Updated data.

  50. Updated statistics.

  51. Updated statistics

  52. Updated statistics

  53. Updated statistics

  54. Updated statistics

  55. Updated statistics

  56. Updated statistics

  57. Updated statistics

  58. Updated monthly museums and galleries visitor figures

  59. Monthly museum figures updated

  60. Publication of sponsored museum and gallery visits November 2014

  61. Publication of sponsored museum and gallery visits for October 2014

  62. Publication of September 2014 visit figures for sponsored museums and galleries

  63. Publication of sponsored museums and galleries visit figures for August 2014

  64. Publication of sponsored museum and gallery visit figures for June 2014

  65. Publication of museums and galleries monthly visits for May 2014

  66. Publication of new dataset for April 2014

  67. December data added

  68. Updated monthly figures to include October 2013

  69. Added pre-release access list

  70. updated monthly figures to include August 2013

  71. Updated summary and added September's report.

  72. Updated statistics

  73. Updated to include month on month and year on year comparisons.

  74. Latest figures added

  75. First published.