Department for Culture Media and Sport

museums and galleries monthly visits

The number of visits to our sponsored museums and galleries is published here every month.

Last updated: 1 February 2013

Next update: 1 March 2013

Geographic coverage: England

Frequency of release: Monthly


This release provides information about visits to museums and galleries in England. The visit figures are updated on the first working day 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 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 2008 (PDF 143kb).

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

Pre-release access is not given to Ministers or Officials before publication.


Responsible statistician: Penny Allen

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