Highest visitor numbers on record for DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries

More people visited DCMS-sponsored British museums and galleries in 2018 than ever since records began 15 years ago.

Almost 50 million people were recorded as having visited a DCMS-sponsored museum and gallery last year, a 5.5 per cent increase on 2017/18.

There was also an 11 per cent jump in visitors to museums and galleries otuside of London in the same period, partially attributed to National Museums Liverpool's 20 per cent rise in visitors with the success of the China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition.

Almost 50 per cent of visitors to DCMS-sponsored museums were from overseas, while visits from children and young people also increased accounting for 17 per cent of total visitors. 

British Museum, Natural History Museum Tate Modern, and the V&A were also featured in the top 10 most popular art museums in the world.

Read the full report here.

Arts Minister Helen Whately said: "It’s been a blockbuster year for our museums and galleries. I’m delighted that they’re going from strength to strength and attracting audiences from all over the world.

It’s fantastic to see the huge rise in the number of visits by children and young people - showing that our museums and galleries are doing a great job attracting new audiences and reaching a new generation."

Museum of Liverpool / Image: Ant Clausen

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