Museums - Statistics & Facts

Museums are typically places where members of the public can view objects of significance from a variety of disciplines, such as historical, cultural, artistic or even scientific artifacts. In the United States 69 percent of people saw visiting a historic attraction/museum as a cultural activity. Over 14 million American households visit art museums every year and 63 percent of Americans saw visiting an art/design museum as a cultural activity. In 2017, 81 percent of Americans participated in cultural activities for the purpose of 'having fun'.

In the U.S., museums and historical sites generate more than 13 billion U.S. dollars in revenue annually and this number is expected to edge closer to 15 billion by 2020. The most visited museum in the U.S. is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or “the Met.” Located in New York City, the Met is the largest museum in the U.S. and attracts more than six million visitors a year. It is home to a vast array of artworks from many historical periods.

On a global scale, the Met is outranked by the Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London in terms of visitor numbers. The Louvre is housed in a 12th Century palace and receives more than eight million visitors per year. When the museum opened in 1793 it had just 537 paintings but today holds nearly 35,000 artworks.



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