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Museums

TeamLab to open spaces in Shanghai and Macao after breaking attendance records in Tokyo

Multimedia collective's first permanent gallery in Japan was the most popular single-artist museum of 2018, beating Picasso and Van Gogh museums

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre defends planned switch to timed-entry tickets after Mona Lisa 'pandemonium'

Reservations will become mandatory at the world's most visited museum by the end of the year

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Museums & Heritage

British Museum knocks Tate Modern off top spot as UK's most popular attraction after miscalculation

Over 300,000 visitors had been missed in the financial year 2018/19 because of 'incorrect light levels caused by a broken light fitting'

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Art Basel 2019

Fondation Beyeler's Young Picasso exhibition is the second most popular in the museum's history

Swiss museum extended the show to accommodate visitors to Europe for Art Basel and the Venice Biennale

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Museums & Heritage

MOCA to offer free general admission after $10m gift from board president

The change has been a long-time wish for some leaders at the Los Angeles museum

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Museums & Heritage

The kids are alright: Art Gallery of Ontario offers free admission for visitors 25 and under, and reduced yearly passes for all

The Canadian institution aims to double its membership and expand its audience with one-year pilot programme

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Museums & Heritage

Nineteenth-century realists pull in mega-crowds as Russian museum attendance peaks

Exhibitions in Russia of homegrown artists attract proportionally greater numbers than blockbusters in other countries

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Attendance

Boom or bust for DC museums: how the US government shutdown affected visitor figures

In January, the 19 Smithsonian institutions had just 13% of the footfall they had experienced the year before

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Museums & Heritage

Topping a million visitors: how MCA Australia broadened the appeal of contemporary art

With more than a million people through the doors annually since 2015, the museum is a case study in how to expand audiences

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Everything you need to know about 2018's exhibition and museum visitor figures

The Art Newspaper's exclusive annual survey ranks the world's most visited shows in 2018, looks at the rise of Instagram-friendly exhibitions, and reveals the secrets of getting into a blockbuster

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Ranked: the top ten most popular shows in their categories from around the world

Including Old Masters, Contemporary, Post-Impressionist and Modern, and more

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Art in the age of Instagram and the power of going viral

As visitors to exhibitions are increasingly sharing their experiences online, should curators plan shows for maximum hype?

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Relax and immerse yourself... the art of experiencing museums slowly

Schemes such as Slow Art Day offer an alternative to life in the fast lane, away from the jostling crowds and selfie-takers

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Art's Most Popular 2019

How global art can provide a kick-start to local economies

Special exhibitions mean big money—not only for the museums that hold them but for local businesses as well

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Suffering from the blockbuster blues? Here are some top tips for beating the exhibition queues

We asked museums for advice and The Art Newspaper team for their best hacks

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Exhibitions are a numbers game, whether we like it or not

Today's directors are focused on figures—and not always for the right reasons

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Art's Most Popular 2019

A dash of fashion and a pinch of gratis: the perfect recipe for a sell-out show

From creating “experiences” to being fashion-friendly, museums are getting savvy at driving visitors to their exhibitions. Here are some tricks of the trade

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Museum visits drop in Taipei as relations sour with China

Taiwanese museum has seen a significant decline in visitors since 2015, our Art's Most Popular research shows

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Heavenly figures: how two Met shows topped The Art Newspaper’s attendance survey

The New York museum's Heavenly Bodies exhibition came first even though curator “never set out to create a hit”

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Leaders

When it comes to museum attendance, it’s more than just a numbers game

London's National Portrait Gallery director on the way cultural institutions engage audiences and measure success

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Louvre Abu Dhabi tops one million visitors in its first year

Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronière will remain on loan to the museum for another year

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High Museum of Art’s new galleries honour their public

Non-white visitors have jumped from 15% to half of the museum’s attendance in just three years

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Frieze London 2018

There is more to exhibitions than number-crunching

Our public institutions must hold their nerve and dare to offer audiences varied experiences, even at the expense of popular appeal

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Private Museums

Glenstone’s giant $200m expansion is ready, but will visitors come?

Collectors’ private museum, scrutinised by US Senate for limited access, could draw 100,000 people a year

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Art fairs

The disputes that blight the French antiques market

Do falling exhibitor and visitor numbers at La Biennale Paris signal the beginning of the end for this once world-class art fair?

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Culture Pass has New Yorkers reaching for their library cards—but demand is exceeding supply

New scheme offering free tickets to some of the city’s most popular museums had thousands of responses

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National Portrait Gallery

London's National Portrait Gallery’s contemporary art programme resonates more with the art world than the public

Though not as dire as first thought, visitor figures for the museum's contemporary shows have still been poor

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Attendance

London's National Portrait Gallery's steep decline in visitors due to counting error

“Human error” by Ipsos Retail Performance blamed for museum’s disastrous recent visitor numbers

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More people are visiting New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art than ever before

The museum's Michelangelo show drew more half a million visitors alone

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Art's Most Popular

Is the UK museum boom over?

Analysis of government data and our own figures reveals a steady decline in visitors since 2014

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The Met's new admissions fee goes into effect

Many visitors responded to the change with a shrug, although some were more critical of the mandatory charge

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Attendance

Why visitor numbers at two of London’s major museums have plunged

Fewer blockbusters the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery meant UK audiences stayed away

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Exhibitions

Basquiat: Boom for Real is most popular show in Barbican’s history

More than 7,000 visitors attended over the closing weekend in London, with overall figures expected to reach more than 215,000

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New Met charges are an unfair tax on tourists

The museum’s $25 admission fee discriminates against the non-New Yorkers who subsidise its huge tax privileges

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German museums report 2.5 million drop in visitor numbers in 2016

Number of people visiting art museums in the country has dropped by 7.4 per cent

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Exhibitions

Serpentine Galleries say that Grayson Perry show is the 'busiest' in its history

The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! broke records, officials insist

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Venice Biennale 2017

As the art world flocks to Venice, we provide the lowdown on Christine Macel’s main show, key pavilions and collateral events

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Attendance

Visitor Figures 2016

The grand totals: exhibition and museum attendance numbers worldwide

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Exhibitions

Chaos at the Louvre as blockbuster Vermeer show draws thousands of visitors

A faulty reservation system, long queues of frustrated ticket holders and threats to strike by security staff mar the opening weeks

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Louvre attendance falls as tourists stay away from Paris

In wake of terrorist attacks the number of visitors drops to 7.3 million<br>

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Attendance

It's raining visitors at Lacma

Random International's Rain Room and Mapplethorpe show boost attendance to 1.4 million <br>

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Fairs

Art fairs take on terrorism by keeping calm and carrying on

The industry is putting on a brave face in the wake of another devastating attack on a European city

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Attendance

Visitor Figures 2015: Jeff Koons is the toast of Paris and Bilbao

But Taipei tops the most visited exhibition list, with a show of works by the 20th-century artist Chen Cheng-po

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Attendance

Museums that expand get more visitors, our data analysis shows

Institutions such as the Perez Art Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art saw attendance skyrocket after extensive building work

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Attendance

It's not all about attendance: five museum directors on how they measure success

Exhibition programming is an unpredictable business when institutions take some risks

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Attendance

What six artists learned from career-defining shows

From Joana Vasconcelos' tampon chandelier at Venice to Elmgreen & Dragset's wishing well in Berlin, exhibitions do not just provide learning experiences for audiences

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2015's most popular exhibitions by genre and city

We look at the shows that topped their categories

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Attendance

How David Bowie show went from hard-sell to record-breaker

After initially failing to interest international venues, the V&A’s travelling show is due to become its most popular ever

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Attendance

Tate Modern puts its best foot forward and pulls in the crowds

Bringing dance into galleries pushes institutions outside their comfort zones

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Attendance

Visitor research? There’s an app for that

Museums are using mobile technology to engage directly with their audiences and in future may use this data to boost their bottom lines too

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Attendance

Visitor Figures 2015

The grand totals: exhibition and museum attendance numbers worldwide

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Attendance

Met clarifies ‘pay what you wish’ entry after legal settlement

The museum puts three-year-old lawsuit over entrance fees to rest and will change its signage to ask for 'suggested admission'

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More foreigners than Brits to visit UK’s top museums

Boost for tourism as rising numbers of visitors flock to London and beyond

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Exhibitions

Record crowds brave Moscow cold for blockbuster show

Valentin Serov exhibition is Tretyakov Gallery’s most popular in 50 years

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Attendance

Museum attendance in Paris plummets after terrorist attacks

Visitors to the Louvre down by 35% and Pompidou's attendance reduced by half in the weeks after the atrocities

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Exhibitions

Nearly half a million visitors turned out for V&A’s McQueen blockbuster

The “unpredictable, dramatic and spectacular” exhibition drew crowds and celebrities during its extended run in London

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Attendance

Metropolitan Museum of Art breaks attendance record

More than six million people flocked to the New York institution, with Chinese fashion show a ‘sleeper’ hit

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In the frame

As seen on 500 Questions

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Attendance

UK museum visitor numbers ‘not comparable’

Culture department says changes in data methodology stymie comparisons between latest figures and previous years<br>

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Exhibitions

Visitor figures 2014: the world goes dotty over Yayoi Kusama

Taiwan’s National Palace Museum clinches top spot in our attendance survey, but Japanese artist’s retrospectives are a phenomenon in South America and Asia

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Exhibitions

Blockbusters aren’t the be-all and end-all

Art exhibitions have been pulling in the crowds for centuries