Art museums in the U.S.

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Residents of the United States love museums. According to information published by the U.S. government in August of 2016, there are upwards of 35,000 museums in America; in comparison, there are about 13,000 Starbucks across the country. We can define museums as typically permanent (though occasionally temporary) places where members of the public can view objects of significance from a variety of disciplines, such as historical, cultural, artistic or even scientific artifacts.

The most-visited (and possibly the best, according to many critics) museum in the United States is the Metropolitan Museum of Art (“the Met”). Every year the number of visitors increases, as we can see in the chart below. In 2010, approximately 5.22 million people visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while in 2011 the number of visitors increased to 6 million people. In 2012, about 6.12 million people visited the Met.

During the next year (2013), the Met attracted even more visitors — 6.2 million. In 2014, the number of visitors dropped slightly to 6.16 million people, but it was just the calm before the storm; according to the Art Newspaper, approximately 6.53 million people visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015.


On a global scale, only the amazing Louvre in Paris and the tremendous British Museum in London outrank the Met in terms of annual visitors. The Louvre receives more than 9 million visitors per year.

If we look at art museums in the United States, around 32 million people visit art museums every year. And what trend can we see here? The same as we saw with the Met — every year the number of visitors rises. In spring 2014 and autumn 2014, about 32.85 million and 32.35 million people (respectively) visited an art museum. In spring 2015 and autumn 2015 the number of visitors amounted to 32.39 million and 33.69 million people respectively. In spring 2016, about 34.54 million people in the U.S. visited an art museum within a period of 12 months.


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About Pavel Prikhodko

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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