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Museums and heritage organizations

Volume: 17 Issue: 5

In this issue: Quantitative and qualitative information related to museums and heritage organizations, including Canadian and provincial data on galleries, museums, and heritage organizations as well as an American study of key trends in the museums sector.

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Articles

  • Based on an online survey as well as data from the Canada Revenue Agency, this report summarizes national and provincial data on heritage institutions in 2015.The total revenues of heritage organizations were estimated at $2.53 billion in 2015, a 29% increase from 2011 (figures have not been adjusted for inflation).

  • (La fréquentation des institutions muséales en 2016 et 2017, optique culture no 60)

    Based on survey responses from 406 Quebec-based heritage organizations, this report focuses on attendance at museums, interpretive centres, and exhibition spaces (excluding artist-run centres). In 2017, total attendance was 15.9 million, which the report notes is a record level that “might be partially attributed to activities associated with Montreal’s 375th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation”.

  • Each year, the Center for the Future of Museums highlights trends that they believe are of significance to museums, based on their scanning and analysis. In 2017, these trends related to empathy, civil rights, artificial intelligence, involuntary migration, and agile design. Each essay outlines the theme, implications for society, implications for museums, and existing museum examples.