Visits to major museums down – DCMS

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Visits to national collections have fallen, according to new figures from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Attendances at the National Gallery, Imperial War Museum and Tate group all fell between April 2015 and March 2016, as they did for Natural History Museum, the Royal Armouries Leeds, the Wallace collections and the Tate group. Most significantly, there has been a 6.9% drop in educational visits.

DCMS is responsible for 15 museums where total visitor numbers fell from 50.7m to 47.6m in the period. However, the most popular, the British Museum, saw an increase from 6.7m to 6.9m.

But the Museums Association played down the reduction in attendances. "There has been much speculation about the cause of the small decline in overall visitor numbers to national museums in England" a spokesman said. "But it is too early to say for certain what the reasons are for the drop in numbers". He said DCMS figures showed visits in England to be at an all time high, with 52% of all resident adults.




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