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Number of museum visitors in the Netherlands 2019, by collection type

In 2019, approximately 32 million people visited museums in the Netherlands. Art museums recorded the highest number of visitors, namely 14 million. Similarly, history museums attracted about 13.7 million individuals. Overall, the Dutch Museum Association registered a total of 438 museums. Most of them were in the province of Noord-Holland, of which Amsterdam is the largest city, and Zuid-Holland (including cities as The Hague or Rotterdam).

Visitor figures of Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum

Both located in Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum are two of the most popular museums in the Netherlands. The former, focusing on art and history, exhibits some of the most renowned painters in the world, including Frans Hals and Rembrandt. The latter owns the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings. In 2019, the Rijksmuseum welcomed roughly 2.7 million visitors. Similarly, the Van Gogh Museums' number of visitors reached 2.13 million as of the same year.

Art museums generated the highest revenue

In 2019, the total revenue of museums in the Netherlands amounted to just over one billion euros. Art museums generated the highest-figure, followed by history museums.

Total number of museum visitors in the Netherlands in 2019, by collection type

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September 2020



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