Statistical data set

Museums and galleries monthly visits

We publish the number of visits to museums and galleries sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport here every month.

Museums and galleries monthly visits

  • Last updated: 6 August 2015
  • Next update: 3 September 2015
  • Geographic coverage: England
  • Frequency of release: Monthly


  • In June 2015 there was a total of 3.9 million visits to the sponsored museums and galleries.

  • Visits to the sponsored museums and galleries were 5.5 per cent lower in June 2015 compared to June 2014. This is largely due to the removal of Tyne and Wear Museums from the figures, as it is no longer sponsored by DCMS.

  • Excluding Tyne and Wear Museums (from the June 2014 figures), visits to the sponsored museums and galleries were 2.3 per cent lower in June 2015 compared to June 2014.

This release provides information about visits to sponsored museums and galleries in England. The visit figures are updated on the first Thursday of each month, and will be one month in arrears to allow time for the museums and galleries to collect the data. The release is a time series including previously published data.

The total visit figure refers to all visits to the sponsored museums and galleries, excluding corporate events.

Data collection methods vary between institutions, and each uses a method appropriate to its situation. All data is collected according to the guidelines issued in 2013 (PDF, 263KB, 11 pages) .

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.

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 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.

Pre-release access

The Pre-release access list (MS Word Document, 14.9KB) 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.


Responsible statistician: Becky Woods

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