Museums in the United States

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Statista dossier on museums in the United States

The dossier presents a range of statistics and facts about museums in the United States. This includes an industry overview, visitation figures, information on art museums, consumer opinions and more.

Table of contents

  • 1. Industry overview
    • U.S. household expenditure on movies, parks and museums 2013-2016

    • Amount of tax revenue generated by the museum industry in the U.S. 2016

    • Occupation profile of museums in the U.S. in 2016

    • Federal appropriations to Smithsonian museums and institutions 2003-2017

  • 2. Visitation figures
    • Most visited art museums worldwide 2018

    • Number of visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York 2007-2017

    • Number of visitors to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. 2007-2018

    • Number of visits to Smithsonian museums and institutions in the U.S. 1970-2018

    • Most visited Smithsonian museums and institutions in the U.S. 2018

    • Visits to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in the U.S. 2001-2018

    • Visits to the National Museum of Natural History in the U.S. 2001-2018

    • Visits to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in the U.S. 2001-2018

    • Visits to the Smithsonian American Art Museum (With the Renwick Gallery) 2007-2018

    • Visits to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in the U.S. 2001-2018

    • Number of visits to the National Museum of African Art in the U.S. 2001-2018

    • Visits to the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art in the U.S. 2001-2018

  • 3. Art museums and galleries
    • Distribution of art museum revenue in North America 2017, by source

    • Distribution of art museum operating expenses in North America 2017

    • Percentage of worldwide gallery openings in 2017, by region

    • Percentage of total global gallery closures in 2017, by region

    • Revenue, support and transfers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2011 to 2017

    • Expenses of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2011 to 2017, by category

  • 4. Consumer opinion
    • Activities survey respondents defined as ‘culture’ in the U.S. 2017

    • Motivators for cultural participation in the U.S. in 2017

    • Americans who believe museums help the economy in their community, by size 2017

    • Americans who support federal funding of museums, by visitors and non-visitors 2017

    • Americans that believe museums are educational, by visitors and non-visitors 2017

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