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Attendance at Quebec museums and heritage organizations in 2012 and 2013

(La fréquentation des institutions muséales en 2012 et 2013, Optique culture no 32, May 2014)

November 26, 201426 November 2014

Visual arts and museums

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This report highlights attendance statistics at 440 Quebec museums, interpretive centres, and exhibition spaces (excluding artist-run centres). In 2013, total attendance was 14.2 million, the highest level since the Observatoire began this survey in 2003. Excluding off-site attendance at museum events in public places, total attendance was 13.3 million in 2013, which was also a record high.

Total attendance at 22 art museums was 1.8 million in 2013, which was a record high since the start of the survey in 2003. Between 2003 and 2013, art museum attendance in Quebec increased by 38%, the largest increase of any type of museum or heritage organization.

In 2013, school attendance represented 6% of the 1.8 million in total attendance at art museums, close to the average of 7% for all museums and heritage organizations. Off-site attendance represented 5% of the total for art museums, slightly below the average of 7% for all museums and heritage organizations.

The report divides the 440 responding organizations into three groups based on subject matter. Arts-related organizations (including art museums and arts-related exhibition centres) accounted for 17% of the overall attendance figure in 2013 (2.4 million), behind science-related organizations (35%, or 5.4 million) and historical, ethnological, and archaeological organizations (45%, or 6.4 million).

The report also highlights the importance of the summer season for Quebec museums and heritage organizations. For all survey respondents, July and August represent 37% of total attendance.

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