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Canadians and their Museums

October 17, 200517 October 2005

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Based on a survey of almost 2,400 Canadians, this report focuses on Canadians’ attendance at and views regarding Canadian museums. The survey results show that 48% of Canadians visited a museum in their community at least once during the year prior to the survey (2003). Most saw these visits as both an educational and entertaining experience.

Nearly all respondents indicated that they “believe it is important for children to be exposed to museums”. The report confirms that Canadians see museums as important to their quality of life. However, more than half of the survey respondents indicated that “museums can play a more significant role in Canadian society”.

Regarding museum funding, over three quarters of respondents recognized that museums are funded from a variety of sources. Over 60% of respondents supported “more federal support … for purposes of educational programs and the preservation of important collections”. A similar percentage also supported greater federal financial support “for museums outside the National Capital Region”.

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