Two million flock to city museums
Visits to National Museums Liverpool on the up…
More than 2.2 million people visited National Museum venues Liverpool last year – a 14% rise on 2007.
The city’s eight free museums and galleries are proving to be a big hit according to new figures released by The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).
In 2009 National Museums Liverpool venues attracted a total of 2,282,562 people. This compares to 2,010,666 in 2007.
Merseyside Maritime Museum is now the second most popular museum in the UK outside of London. It receives more visitors than the Imperial War Museum in London and the National Railway Museum in York.
David Fleming, Director National Museums Liverpool, said: “These latest visitor figures are terrific. It’s great news that our venues welcomed more than 2.2m people last year. The challenge for us is to maintain and build on what we offer.
“We knew we were never going to get as many people through the door in 2009 as we did in 2008, Capital of Culture Year, which saw unprecedented attention and increased visits from outside the region. But the 2009 figures are a big rise on 2007 and the trend is upwards.
“We have a loyal base of visitors who return several times a year and we are attracting lots of first time visitors too. It’s vital that we keep adapting and welcoming new visitors.
“Our eight venues are diverse and interesting. We offer culture on all levels, from special exhibitions and collections at the Walker Art Gallery to the Titanic model at Maritime. And what’s more, this is all free.
“There is certainly a growing demand for our museums and galleries. We hope to capitalise on this enthusiasm when we open the new Museum of Liverpool in Spring 2011.”
Visitor figures to National Museum Liverpool venues 2009:
Merseyside Maritime Museum: 945,254.
World Museum: 605,601.
International Slavery Museum: 354,579.
Walker Art Gallery: 213,893.
Lady Lever Art Gallery: 193,034.
Pier Master’s House: 135,260.
National Conservation Centre: 124,656.
Sudley House: 64,864.