Country     United Kingdom
Year     2012 1999
Definition Working group definition 1a      
National criteria 1b   X X
Number of museums according to type of collection total 2a   1.732 1.850 2) 
of which 2b Art, archaeology and history museums    
  2c Science and technology museums, ethnology museums    
  2d Other museums    
Ownership state-owned museums 3a Total 58  
local-, regional-owned museums 3b Total 581  
other public-owned museums 3c Total 83  
private-owned museums 3d Total 910  
  3e Of which
Management state-managed museums 4a Total    
local-, regional-managed museums 4b Total    
other public-managed museums 4c Total    
private-managed museums 4d Total    
  4e Of which
Ownership of permanent collection Public ≤ 50% 5a      
Public > 50% 5b      
Number of visits Total 6a   87.624.176 74.600.000 3) 
Of which 6b free admissions
  6c free admissions
  6d foreigners
  6e foreigners
  6f temporary exhibitions
  6g temporary exhibitions
Staff Paid staff 7a Number
  16.777 4) 
  7b Number
Of which
  7c FTES a year
  14.336 5) 
  7d FTES a year
Of which
Volunteers 7e Number
  7f Number
Of which
  7g FTES a year
  7h FTES a year
Of which
Admissions Total number of museums with paid admissions with a price of tickets (in EUR) 8a < 2,5,-   156 6) 
  8b 2,5 - 5,-   191
  8c > 5,-   326
Number of museums 8d with free entrance 416 640
  8e with museum card    
Temporary exhibitions Total 9a     785 7) 
Of which 9b Own production    
  9c Joined productions    
Expenditure (of museums) Total (In EUR) 10a      
Of which 10b Ordinary expenditures
  10c Ordinary expenditures
Of which
  10d Extraordinary expenditures
  10e Extraordinary expenditures
Of which
for new Collections
Income (of museums) Total (in EUR) 11a     491.000.000
Of which 11b Entry fees    
  11c Public subsidies    
Public expenditure (for museums) Total (in EUR) 12a      
Of which 12b Investments    
Number of museums making use of computers Total number of museums equipped with at least one computer 13a      
Of which 13b for administrative purpose    
  13c for visitor's information purposes (e.g. interactive gallery system)    
  13d having a database for electronic inventory    
  13e having an Internet access   508 8) 
Information - Diffusion - Education Number of museums possessing a web-site 14 Total    
Number of museums possessing an own web-site 15a Total    
  15b Of wich
are updating themselves their web-site
Number of museums 16a connected to a museum portal
  16b connected to a museum portal
Of which
connected to more than one museum portal
  16c connected to (an)other portal(s)    
Number of museums with at least one special museum education programme 17a Total    
  17b Of which
for school children
  17c Of which
for ethnic minorities
  17d for senior citizens    
  17e for others    
Museums per 100.000 inhabitants
on working group definition
Museums per 100.000 inhabitants
on natioinal criteria
Visits per 100.000 inhabitants
including free entries
Visits per 100.000 inhabitants
excluding free entries
Average number of visits per museum
according to working group definition
Average number of visits per museum
according to national criteria
  23     50.400,00
Staff per 100.000 inhabitants   24      
Expenditure per capita (in EUR)   25      
Public Expenditure per 100.000 inhabitants (in EUR)   26      
Number of museums opened 200 days and more a year   27     1.102 9) 
Number of museums with more than 5.000 visits a year
including free entries
Number of museums necessary to reach 50 % of total visits (including free entries) 29a      
75 % of total visits (including free entries) 29b      
Number of museums employing at least 1 specialised staff 30      
Average price paid
(in EUR)
Number of museums with at least one publication   32      
Number of museums with at least one publication on an electronic data carrier   33      
Museum participation
Source: Eurobarometer 1)
  34     42,00
Source: Eurostat
  35   62.989.550 59.328.900
Density inhabitants/km²
Source: Eurostat
  36   256,80 11)  240,70
Purchasing Power Parity in EUR
Source: Eurostat
  37   110,000 118,000

Blank spaces either imply that there is no data available or that the data is negligible or is equal to zero

nil or negligible
provisional or estimated statistical information
1) Eurostat surveys 2001 and 2003, if not otherwise indicated
2) The answers provided below have been taken from the Digest of Museum Statistics or DOMUS. DOMUS is both a questionnaire and a database which contains data on over 1.700 museums in the Registration Scheme that was run by the Museums & Galleries Commission (NGC). Questionnaires were sent annually to museums within the UK between 1994 and 1999. The museum population, to which the questionnaires were sent, consisted mostly of those museums applying or having applied to join the Registration Scheme. Questions asked ranged from contact details, plans and policies, collections held, opening periods and times, staff numbers, facilities to number of visits. Answers were entered onto the DOMUS database held at the Museums & Galleries Commission. In 2000 MGC was dissolved and Resource “The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries” was created. The database is currently held by Resource. For 2005, the total number of museums is 1.984.
3) Total number of visits to 1.182 responding museums.
4) This figure is the actual number of staff and includes permanent, temporary and freelance staff.
5) The figure for FTE staff is for permanent and temporary staff.
6) The question asked in DOMUS is the charge for entering the core collection. Therefore, figures given as the answers to column 8 are the number of museums asking for an admission fee to the core collection.
7) The figure given is the number for museums that indicated having a temporary exhibition program.
8) There was a considerable amount of data collected on IT in Museums. However, much of the data do not tie-up with the wording of the columns. For more details of the use of computer in museums, contact Resource.
9) This is the number of museums open for more months a year.
10) United Kingdom: The only data concerning year 2005, all the other data concern year 1999
11) United Kingdom: This figure concerns year 2010