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Last update: 23 April 2020
Next update: August 2020
Geographic coverage: England
Frequency of release: Quarterly
Between January and March 2020, there were a total of 8.9 million visits to the DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries.
When visits to the Geffrye Museum are excluded, the total number of visits to the DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries in the first quarter of 2020 decreased by 23.8% compared to the same period the previous year.
Visitor numbers for January and February were broadly in line with those seen for the previous three years, however the March figures were affected by the closure in mid-March as part of Covid-19 control measures and hence are lower compared to previous years.
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 P I guidance (MS Word Document, 66.6KB).
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.
Note on visits to the Geffrye Museum
The Geffrye Museum closed on 7 January 2018 to commence its two year capital refurbishment project but continues to host ticketed events which the museum records as visitor numbers. The latest figures provided by the museum are considerably lower than the pre-closure visitor figures.
The UK Statistics Authority
This release is published in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (2009) 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.
The Pre-release access list (MS Word Document, 14.1KB) 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.
Publication of DCMS sponsored museum visitor figures January to March 2020
Publishing monthly visitor figures for October to December 2019.
We have updated this series to include visitor figures up to September 2019
Updated with visitor figures up to June 2019
Updated with visitor figures for January, February and March 2019
Monthly museum and galleries visits have been updated with December 2018 data.
Updated with visitor figures up to November 2018.
Updated with visitor figures for October 2018.
Updated with visitor figures for September 2018.
Updated with visitor numbers for August 2018
Updated with visitor figures for July 2018
Updated with monthly visit figures for June 2018
Updated with the latest visitor numbers for May 2018
Updated with visitor figures for April 2018.
Updated with visitor figures for February 2018.
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.
Updated with the latest visitor figures for January 2018.
Updated with December 2017 visitor figures.
Updated with visitor figures for November 2017.
Updated with visitor figures for October 2017.
Updated with monthly visit figures for September 2017.
Updated with August 2017 data.
Updated with July 2017 monthly visits.
Latest statistics published.
Updated with latest figures for May 2017
Updated with latest figures for April 2017
Updated with the latest statistics for March 2017
Monthly release and new CSV format
Updated statistics for July 2016.
Updated statistics - June 2016.
Updated statistics - May 2016.
Updated statistics (January 2016).
December 2016 figures.
Revised on 15th January 2016.
Updated monthly museums and galleries visitor figures
Monthly museum figures updated
Publication of sponsored museum and gallery visits November 2014
Publication of sponsored museum and gallery visits for October 2014
Publication of September 2014 visit figures for sponsored museums and galleries
Publication of sponsored museums and galleries visit figures for August 2014
Publication of sponsored museum and gallery visit figures for June 2014
Publication of museums and galleries monthly visits for May 2014
Publication of new dataset for April 2014
December data added
Updated monthly figures to include October 2013
Added pre-release access list
updated monthly figures to include August 2013
Updated summary and added September's report.
Updated to include month on month and year on year comparisons.