Visitor Figures 2021: the 100 most popular art museums in the world—but is Covid still taking its toll?
While attendance figures still have some way to go to reach pre-pandemic levels, fewer days of lockdown-related closures coupled with vaccine rollout programmes spelled good news for institutions around the world
World’s major museums resist TikTok surge—with a few notable exceptions
Our 2021 Visitor Figures survey shows that institutions are largely failing to adopt the world's most popular social media platform but those that do are reaping the rewards
French museums survived a drastic fall in tourism but may face uphill struggle as state support dries up
France’s status as a honeypot for tourists from Asia and the US has taken a huge hit, from which its cultural institutions are still reeling. Now the country’s museums hope that French and European visitors can restore their finances
Bouncing back: the US museums that have regained the visitors lost to Covid closures
While the pandemic has devastated the visitor numbers of many big-name museums, some medium-sized institutions are already thriving
How to get the next generation in India's youngest state to visit museums? Give schools money
The $17.4m scheme in Bihar has resulted in 33,000 young visitors to its main museum in Patna in a year
Are UK museums deterring visitors with Covid booking system for permanent collections?
As restrictions ease, institutions are reconsidering the policy introduced during the pandemic as it could be putting off last-minute visitors
Running at 7%: Tate Modern's visitors slumped from 5.7 million at its peak to just 361,000 in 2020/21
Annual financial accounts show extent of fall in visitor numbers at national museums
Visitor figures: how many people are actually returning to London museums post-lockdown?
We asked English institutions to provide figures for the four-week period from 17 May to gauge current demand
While US museum attendance nosedived in 2020 amid pandemic, disparities in reopenings yielded a few surprises
Has the drop in visitors changed museums forever?
British Museum hit hardest by 2020 lockdown among UK’s big museums
Visitor Figures 2020: top 100 art museums revealed as attendance drops by 77% worldwide
Can museums really make digital visits pay?
As venues experiment with selling virtual exhibition tours, talks and workshops online, the key to success may be an emphasis on the expert, bespoke and exclusive
Curate-it-yourself: French museums take to social media to ask the public what they want to see in their galleries
Spurred on by the pandemic, several institutions are inviting art lovers to choose works for display
Who were the most Googled artists in 2020?
Search data from 84 countries last year shows that Leonardo, Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo were among the world's most popular artists
Instagram overtakes Twitter as most popular platform for museums during Covid-19 pandemic
Our global Visitor Figures survey reveals huge growth in followings online as physical doors shut to the public in 2020
The Musée du Louvre—the world’s most popular art museum—saw 72% drop in visitors last year
Despite kicking off 2020 with a record-breaking Leonardo exhibition, like many museums around the world, the Parisian institution was adversely affected by coronavirus lockdowns
The exceptional piece of calligraphy at the centre of one of 2019's most popular—and most controversial—exhibitions
Tokyo National Museum’s show on Chinese artist Yan Zhenqing ranks 15th in our latest visitor attendance survey despite contentious loan from Taipei museum
Manga beats Rembrandt and Captain Cook to be named the British Museum’s most popular show last year
The exhibition on the global phenomenon was the largest ever to be staged outside Japan
Art's Most Popular: here are 2019's most visited shows and museums
When did just looking at art lose its appeal?
Sleep in Hopper’s motel room or dive into Monet’s pond—museums are increasingly going beyond traditional exhibition formats to attract visitors
Mo people, mo problems: when busy shows go wrong
The cost of producing crowd-pulling shows can outstrip the cash they bring in. Here are some of the downsides of being just too popular
Which museums have the biggest social media followings?
Increasingly, the digital sphere is another frontier where institutions battle it out for the attention of culture-seekers
Legoland vs the Louvre: how do museums stack up against other popular visitor attractions and public events?
They might not always draw the crowds that flock to malls and amusement parks, but museums are seen as valuable additions to communities—even by people who have never stepped foot in one
What were the most visited ticketed shows in London, Paris and New York last year?
Londoners stuck to the tried-and-tested and New Yorkers showed their patriotic sides, while Parisians were drawn in by golden treasures
Here are 2019's most visited contemporary art exhibitions
Jean-Michel Basquiat brought in big crowds in Paris—but who beat him to claim the top spot?
Here are the most visited Old Master exhibitions of 2019
The hype surrounding major anniversary celebrations saw big turnouts for Bruegel, Leonardo and Rembrandt
Here are the ten most visited photography exhibitions of 2019
Female artists dominated the top ranks of last year's photography shows
Here are the ten most popular Post-Impressionist and Modern art exhibitions of 2019
Big names such as Munch, Klimt and Van Gogh dominate the rankings, but a couple of lesser-known artists did surprisingly well
Here are the ten most visited 19th century art exhibitions of 2019
Which Impressionist made the biggest impression in this category?
As coronavirus shuts down the capital, our survey shows 2019 was the busiest year for London museums this century
Last year also saw record attendances at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain