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Henri Matisse’s Cut-Outs were among the big attractions at Tate Modern last year
Two of London’s most prestigious fine art galleries have seen UK visitor numbers fall significantly over the last five years, official figures show.
A few days ago, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) sent out a press release stating: “Latest statistics for Government-sponsored museums show two million more visits were made than previous year.”
Its statistics reveal that 49 million visits were made in 2013/14 to the 16 national galleries and museums the DCMS directly funds, which represents a 4% increase on the previous year, and a record high since the data was first published in 2002/03.
On the face of it, the figures appear to confirm a continuation of the upward trajectory in visitor numbers that its sponsored institutions have enjoyed for over a decade.
But look beneath the surface and a slightly different picture emerges. Much of the boom in attendance is actually being driven by overseas tourists, with domestic visitors generally growing at a much slower rate.
And, in the case of The National Gallery and The Tate Galleries, UK visits have actually dropped by a conspicuous 20% since 2008/09.
The National Gallery said the drop could be to do with the UK’s ‘event’ culture
The Tate has lost around a million domestic visitors in the last six years, dropping from a high of 4.5 million in 2008/09 to 3.55 million last year.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment