20/08/11

20/08/2011 Minister Deenihan Welcomes Sustained Growth in Visitor Numbers at Cultural Institutions

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, today (Saturday, 20th August 2011) welcomed the news that visitor numbers to the cultural institutions which receive funding from the Department had reached 1,735,903 for the first six months of the year, which was a 6% increase on figures for the same period last year. This confirmed the continued growth in visitor numbers to our cultural institutions over the last number of years.

Visitor numbers to the National Museum’s four sites in the first six months of 2011 totalled 514,614 compared to 420,676* for the first six months of 2010. Significant increases in visitor numbers were also registered by the National Library (+18.77%), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (+11.13%), the Chester Beatty Library (+17.43%) while outside of Dublin there were increases in visitor numbers to Foyne’s Flying Boat Museum and the Hunt Museum in Limerick.

The Minister stated that the growth in visitor numbers to our cultural institutions is an important indicator of the continuing contribution of this sector to the overall tourism package. At a time when the arts are seen as central to the perception of Ireland abroad, the cultural institutions are making a major contribution to the collective national effort to restore and promote the country’s international image. “In particular, as we are now nearing the end of the school holidays, I would encourage families to take the time to visit the many free cultural institutions. I believe it is very important for young people to develop an interest in our unique Irish heritage. A day out visiting the National Museum, or Library coupled with a visit to St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin or indeed in Cork, you can visit Crawford Art Gallery and spend time in Fitzgerald’s Park. These are days that will always be memorable for children and adults alike,”said Minister Deenihan.

Access to collections held by the National Cultural Institutions is free of charge. The National Cultural Institutions also provide free educational and family friendly events throughout the year.

Cultural Institutions Visitor Numbers

 

  Visitors Jan – Dec 2010 Jan 10 – Jun 10 Jan 11 – Jun 11 % Increase / Decrease
National Library of Ireland

185,591

79,634

94,584

18.77

Irish Museum of Modern Art

418,977

226,996

252,253

11.13

National Concert Hall

318,667

164,718

152,492

-7.42

National Gallery of Ireland

736,855

354,569

298,973

-15.68

Chester Beatty Library

206,653

90,292

106,033

17.43

National Archives

15,242

7,813

6,721

-13.98

National Museum, Kildare St.

366,201

162,656

189,789

16.68

National Museum Collins Barracks

258,822

125,498

136,876

9.07

Natural History Museum*

253,597

78,245

135,595

n/a
National Museum Turlough Park.

114,343

54,277

52,354

-3.54

Crawford Art Gallery

188,823

93,423

93,087

-0.36

Total

3,063,771

1,438,121

1,518,757

5.61

         
  Visitors Jan – Dec 2010 Jan – Jun 10 Jan – Jun 11 % Increase /Decrease
Archbishop Marsh’s Library

7,730

3,258

3,593

10.28

Foynes Flying Boat Museum

31,601

9,830

11,363

15.60

Hunt Museum, Limerick

23,498

9,628

27,815

188.90

Science Gallery

216,842

96,259

114,369

18.81

Dublin City Gallery – Hugh Lane

158,584

75,037

60,006

-20.03

Total

438,255

194,012

217,146

11.92

 

*The Natural History Museum was closed from July 2007 until late April 2010.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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