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Museum of Liverpool is tops

Most popular outside London in bumper year for Mersey galleries

Published on March 12th 2013.

Museum of Liverpool is tops

THE Museum of Liverpool was the most popular museum in the UK, outside London, figures for 2012 reveal. 

More than 1m people visited the Mann Island attraction, which opened less than two years ago, in what has been termed the most successful year ever for galleries and museums on Merseyside. 

Acrodd the UK, visits to indoor attractions were up 5pc, with analysts pointing to a wash-out summer for the gains.  

The Walker Art Gallery saw an increase of 40pc in people through its doors in  2012, helped along by the Rolf Harris exhibition, while Tate Liverpool had 6pc more visitors – attracted by shows like Alice  in Wonderland and Turner Monet Twombly. 


There were also increases at the International Slavery Museum (9pc) and the  Lady Lever Art Gallery (7pc). 

And in another coup for the North West, Chester Zoo was named as the most popular paid for attraction  outside London with 1,405,233 visitors. 

The figures, published in a report today by the Association of Leading  Visitor Attractions reveal that overall, the British Museum had the highest number of visits (6m) last year. Tate Modern, with its Damien Hirst  retrospective, was second. 

Turner Monet Twombly At Tate LiverpoolTurner Monet Twombly At Tate Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool Director Dr David Fleming said: “In 2012 we  had our most successful year ever, with more than 3.3m visits. 

“We attract more people now than we did during Liverpool’s year as European  Capital of Culture, and nearly five times as many as a decade ago. 


“Our eight museums and galleries are exciting and emotional places to visit – that’s the secret of our success. 

“The big challenge is maintaining this success when public funding is  shrinking.” 

Tate Liverpool’s executive director Andrea Nixon said: “Popular exhibitions  such as Alice in Wonderland and Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings contributed to the uplift in figures, as did our Liverpool Biennial display. 

“This year is our 25th birthday, and with a diverse programme of exhibitions  and activities including our Glam! exhibition and the upcoming Chagall: Modern  Master, we look forward to welcoming many more visitors.”

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AnonymousMarch 12th 2013.

Bravo to all these great organisations for what they do to showcase the whole area

More power to them!

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