There are, in principle, two ways to collect information about visitors of museums: either by population surveys or by visitor surveys also called visitor studies. Population surveys seek to find out which part of the general population visits museums (and subsequently which part doesn't visit) and to discern the demographic characteristics of the visitors, such as gender, age, education level or income. Visitor surveys are conducted among the visitors of a permanent or temporary exhibition of particular museums and usually include demographics, museum visit related behaviour and exhibition satisfaction ratings.
European Culture Values
The most recent survey European Cultural Values, conducted in 2007, includes museum visits in 27 Member States of the EU.
Eurobarometer 278 (PDF 2.3 MB).