Museum attendance

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Museums & Heritage

All eyes on Asia: normality is still a long way off as museums emerge from lockdown

Visitor numbers at some of the world’s most popular art venues have nosedived and uncertainty for the future remains

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Visitor Figures

Louvre's Leonardo da Vinci show smashes attendance record with more than one million visitors

Previous highest figure was 540,000 people for the Eugène Delacroix show in 2018

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Leonardo da Vinci

Louvre to open non-stop over closing weekend of Leonardo blockbuster show

Free entry—plus coffee and madeleines—promised for nocturnal visitors in a move that will allow an extra 30,000 people to see the exhibition

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Museum attendance

Influx of millions of Chinese tourists wreaks havoc for Russian museums

Electronic visas pave the way for ever greater visitors numbers, creating major logistical problems at Tsarskoe Selo and the Hermitage

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Exhibitions

Dior show smashes total attendance record at the V&A—but Alexander McQueen exhibition had more daily visitors

Exhibition of the late French designer had 594,000 visitors overall but was on for seven months

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Taipei

Taipei takes attendance top spot with loans from China

Asian art is in the ascendancy globally, while in Europe, Salvador Dalí reigns supreme

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National Trust

National Trust membership reaches 3 million

The largest conservation body in Europe

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Public Accounts Committee report critical of Victoria & Albert Museum, "Repeat visitors a sign of failure" say politicians

The verbatim account of the committee’s hearings which took place last March makes depressing reading

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum: too posh for the people?

A National Audit Office Report concludes that visitors are discouraged from visiting the institution because of its “highbrow” image

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Museums & Heritage

Letters: What are the decorative arts?

A criticism of the phrase

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A Director Alan Borg says, “The idea of keeping museums separate from the trade needs to disappear, particularly for the contemporary world”

V&A edges toward the cutting edge—and commerce

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Interviews

Interview with Thomas Krens: No populist, no colonialist—just loved by business

One year after the acclaimed opening, the director of New York’s Guggenheim talks about the Bilbao Guggenheim, his money-raising and his new expansion plans Spanish commentators admire the building and its success with the public but some chafe at its artistic dependence on the New York museum

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Victoria & Albert Museum

The V&A introduces a £5 admission fee

Income from tickets represented about double the average weekly level of voluntary contributions.

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Bold design for new V&A building by Daniel Libeskind, but government cuts force compulsory entrance charge

V&A in brave act of patronage

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim goes virtual with new high-tech installations

Deutsche Telekom backs struggling SoHo branch

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Museums & Heritage

Small dip in V&A numbers...

But Wellington Museum reaches record numbers following restoration

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum director to become Vice Chancellor of UEA

East Anglia University lures Elizabeth Esteve-Coll

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Tate

Tate Gallery perseveres with rotating the collections in face of mounting criticism

New antagonism for New Displays as visitor figures drop in London