Museums: Smithsonian’s attendance tops record year and Tate outgrow galleries

Last year was a great year for The Smithsonian Museums here in the US and the Tatea��s four galleries in the UK.

tracy kahaner attractions consultantBy Tracy Kahaner, Director, Kahaner Research.

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The Smithsonian is the world’s biggest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums , the National Zoological Park and 9 research facilities. Since 2009, when it was reported that the Smithsonian had a record year, with over 30 million visits, the 30.2 million generated in 2010 topped that.

The four Tate galleries – Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St.Ives, Cornwall and Tate Modern – attracted more than 7 million people last year and according to the Tate Organization the galleries were only designed to hold 4 to 5 million visitors.

Sources:  Smithsonian Institute, Tate Organization and Kahaner Researchsmithsonian museum visitor statistics 2010 attendance graphic

tate museum visitor attendance statistics 2010