Number of museum visitors in the Netherlands 2018, by collection type

In 2018, approximately 32 million people visited museums in the Netherlands. History museums attracted most visitors with roughly 14 million, whereas art and science/technology museums welcomed approximately 13.2 and 2.5 million visitors, respectively. In total, 1,019 museums were to be found in the Netherlands, of which 168 were located in South Holland (for example, in cities like The Hague or Rotterdam). Furthermore, 150 museums were in Gelderland (which includes Arnhem and Nijmegen), whereas 124 in North Holland (Amsterdam, amongst others).

Visitor volumes Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum

Two well-visited museums in the Netherlands containing the artwork of the world’s most famous painters are the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, located in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum, dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam with paintings from Frans Hals and Rembrandt, received approximately 2.3 million visitors in 2018. The Van Gogh Museum had a slight decrease in visitor volume, as 2.2 million people visited the museum in 2018 while 2017 counted 2.44 million visitors.

Art museums generated the most revenue

The total revenue of museums in the Netherlands amounted to just over one billion euros in 2018. Art museums generated 454 million euros, whereas history museums had in total approximately 410 million euros in 2018.

Total number of museums visitors in the Netherlands in 2018, by collection type

Number of visitors in thousands
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September 2019



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