Statistical data set

Museums and galleries monthly visits

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

Monthly museum visitor figures - December 2017

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Monthly museum visitor figures - December 2017

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  • Last update: 1 February 2018
  • Next update: 1 March 2018
  • Geographic coverage: England
  • Frequency of release: Monthly

Summary

  • In December 2017 there were a total of 3.1 million visits to the DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries

  • This is a decrease of 7.0 per cent (238,000 visits) compared with December 2016.

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 (aside from January), 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 P I guidance (MS Word Document, 66.6KB) .

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, 12.5KB) 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: Wilmah Deda

For any queries please contact 020 7211 6376 or evidence@culture.gov.uk.

Published 1 March 2013
Last updated 1 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated with December 2017 visitor figures.
  2. Updated with visitor figures for November 2017.
  3. Updated with visitor figures for October 2017.
  4. Updated with monthly visit figures for September 2017.
  5. Updated with August 2017 data.
  6. Updated with July 2017 monthly visits.
  7. Latest statistics published.
  8. Updated with latest figures for May 2017
  9. Updated with latest figures for April 2017
  10. Updated with the latest statistics for March 2017
  11. Monthly release and new CSV format
  12. Updated statistics.
  13. Updated statistics.
  14. New statistics.
  15. Updated statistics.
  16. Updated statistics for July 2016.
  17. Updated statistics - June 2016.
  18. Updated statistics - May 2016.
  19. Updated figures.
  20. Updated figures.
  21. Updated statistics.
  22. Updated statistics (January 2016).
  23. December 2016 figures.
  24. Revised on 15th January 2016.
  25. Updated data.
  26. Updated statistics.
  27. Updated statistics
  28. Updated statistics
  29. Updated statistics
  30. Updated statistics
  31. Updated statistics
  32. Updated statistics
  33. Updated statistics
  34. Updated monthly museums and galleries visitor figures
  35. Monthly museum figures updated
  36. Publication of sponsored museum and gallery visits November 2014
  37. Publication of sponsored museum and gallery visits for October 2014
  38. Publication of September 2014 visit figures for sponsored museums and galleries
  39. Publication of sponsored museums and galleries visit figures for August 2014
  40. Publication of sponsored museum and gallery visit figures for June 2014
  41. Publication of museums and galleries monthly visits for May 2014
  42. Publication of new dataset for April 2014
  43. December data added
  44. Updated monthly figures to include October 2013
  45. Added pre-release access list
  46. updated monthly figures to include August 2013
  47. Updated summary and added September's report.
  48. Updated statistics
  49. Updated to include month on month and year on year comparisons.
  50. Latest figures added
  51. First published.