Department for Culture Media and Sport

museums and galleries

We are the department with responsibility for the museums and galleries sector.


Facts and figures

Eight out of the top ten UK visitor attractions are sponsored national museums. These are the British Museum (1), Tate Modern (2), The National Gallery (3), Natural History Museum (4), Science Museum (6), Victoria and Albert Museum (7), National Maritime Museum (9) and National Portrait Gallery (10). (Source ALVA).

There were a record 43.8 million visits in 2010/11 – with many museums including the Imperial War Museum, National Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Natural History Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum recording highest visitor figures ever.