Québec, May 8, 2014 – In 2013, Québec museum institutions welcomed 14.2 million visitors, the highest number since the beginning of statistical compilation on this subject 10 years ago. Previous attendance records were in 2012 (13.3 million visitors) and 2010 (12.8 million). These results are from a survey conducted since 2003 by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
Six types of museum institutions were studied by the Observatoire in its annual survey: (1) history, ethnology and archaeology museums, (2) science museums, (3) art museums, (4) historical, ethnological and archaeological interpretation sites, (5) science interpretation sites and (6) exhibition centres. In 2013, among these different types of institutions, the "science museums" (+ 610,000 visitors) and "art museums" (+ 300,000 visitors) categories recorded the largest variations compared to the average attendance of the past five years.
As for administrative regions, the largest differences compared to the average attendance of the last five years were in the Montréal Island (+ 20% in 2013) and the Centre-du-Québec (+ 22%).
School attendance maintained
In 2013, attendance of museum institutions by the school clientele was of 1,019,000 visitors, which is only slightly lower (- 1%) than the average attendance of the past five years. The school clientele’s relative importance compared to the general clientele varied from one type of museum institution to another. For example, the school clientele accounted for 14% of intramural attendance of science interpretation sites, compared to 5% for science museums and 7% for art museums.This information was taken from issue No. 32 of the publication Optique culture, available on the website of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
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