Above-average museum attendance in 2015: 14 million admissions

Québec, May 17, 2016 – In 2015, Québec’s museum institutions recorded 14.0 million admissions, which was above the annual average of the past five years (13.6 million admissions). This information comes from a survey conducted by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

The Observatoire studied six types of museum institutions in its survey: (1) history, ethnology and archaeology museums, (2) science museums, (3) art museums, (4) history, ethnology and archaeology interpretation sites, (5) science interpretation sites, and (6) exhibition centres. In 2015, among these different types of institutions, history, ethnology and archaeology interpretation sites (+270,000 admissions), science interpretation sites (–219,000 admissions) and science museums (+202,000 admissions) recorded the largest variations compared to the average attendance of the past five years.

Drop in student attendance

Museum institution visits by elementary and secondary school students fell substantially in 2015. They totalled 845,000 admissions, compared to over a million admissions in the previous years. This means that student attendance has declined by about 200,000.

This information comes from issue 48 of the publication Optique culture, which is available on the website of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.


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