IT’S A RECORD – MUSEUM ATTENDANCE TOPS TWO MILLION

IT’S A RECORD – MUSEUM ATTENDANCE TOPS TWO MILLION

Posted on 07. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

Museum Victoria’s attendances topped two million for the first time last year making it one of the most visited Museum organisations in the world, Arts Minister Peter Batchelor announced today.

Joining the school holiday crowds at Melbourne Museum, Mr Batchelor said the combined ticketed attendance across Museum Victoria’s four venues in the 2009-10 financial year was 2,122,227 – 23 per cent or 500,000 more people than last year’s record total.

“This extraordinary result reflects the fantastic offering at the Museum’s four venues and the Victorian community’s ever-increasing appetite for quality exhibitions and cultural programs,” Mr Batchelor said.

“Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and IMAX all smashed previous attendance records, with Melbourne Museum securing its position as the nation’s most popular museum with 1,077,773 visitors. The Immigration Museum also had a strong result.”

Mr Batchelor said the results put Museum Victoria’s four venues in good company internationally, achieving the kind of attendances seen at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, France’s Museum national d’Histoire naturelle and the UK’s Imperial War Museum.

“Victoria’s museums provide truly world-leading experiences,” he said.

“Last year, not only did millions of people flock to our venues, but our exhibits were also recognised with international awards.”

Highlights during 2009-10 included:

  • A Day in Pompeii, the Melbourne Museum’s first Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition attracted 332,679 people, making it the fourth most attended antiquities exhibition in the word last year;
  • Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination brought 192,732 visitors to Scienceworks;
  • 100,458 patrons viewed Avatar at IMAX Melbourne Museum;
  • 414,390 students took part in Museum Victoria’s education programs, around 44 per cent of the Victorian school population; and
  • Wild: Amazing Animals in a Changing World and 600 Million Years: Victoria Evolves opened as part of the $7.2 million redevelopment of the Science and Life Gallery.

 

“Blockbuster exhibitions such as A Day in Pompeii, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, and Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition have attracted huge crowds, but just as exciting has been the popularity of our redeveloped permanent exhibitions such as Dinosaur Walk and the multiple-award-winning Wild: Amazing Animals in a Changing World,” Mr Batchelor said.

Museum Victoria’s attendances topped two million for the first time last year making it one of the most visited Museum organisations in the world, Arts Minister Peter Batchelor announced today.

Joining the school holiday crowds at Melbourne Museum, Mr Batchelor said the combined ticketed attendance across Museum Victoria’s four venues in the 2009-10 financial year was 2,122,227 – 23 per cent or 500,000 more people than last year’s record total.

“This extraordinary result reflects the fantastic offering at the Museum’s four venues and the Victorian community’s ever-increasing appetite for quality exhibitions and cultural programs,” Mr Batchelor said.

“Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and IMAX all smashed previous attendance records, with Melbourne Museum securing its position as the nation’s most popular museum with 1,077,773 visitors. The Immigration Museum also had a strong result.”

Mr Batchelor said the results put Museum Victoria’s four venues in good company internationally, achieving the kind of attendances seen at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, France’s Museum national d’Histoire naturelle and the UK’s Imperial War Museum.

“Victoria’s museums provide truly world-leading experiences,” he said.

“Last year, not only did millions of people flock to our venues, but our exhibits were also recognised with international awards.”

Highlights during 2009-10 included:

  • A Day in Pompeii, the Melbourne Museum’s first Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition attracted 332,679 people, making it the fourth most attended antiquities exhibition in the word last year;
  • Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination brought 192,732 visitors to Scienceworks;
  • 100,458 patrons viewed Avatar at IMAX Melbourne Museum;
  • 414,390 students took part in Museum Victoria’s education programs, around 44 per cent of the Victorian school population; and
  • Wild: Amazing Animals in a Changing World and 600 Million Years: Victoria Evolves opened as part of the $7.2 million redevelopment of the Science and Life Gallery.

 

“Blockbuster exhibitions such as A Day in Pompeii, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, and Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition have attracted huge crowds, but just as exciting has been the popularity of our redeveloped permanent exhibitions such as Dinosaur Walk and the multiple-award-winning Wild: Amazing Animals in a Changing World,” Mr Batchelor said.

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