Museum Index: Louvre regains top spot as Paris recovers and London dips
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
Middlesex FA
£8.00 per hour
Northolt, UK
Legacy Leisure
Competitive
Kettering, UK
Swimming Nature
£16 - £18 per hour
Heathrow
Northampton Leisure Trust
Competitive Salary and Benefits
Northampton, UK
University of West England
100% of your personal training earnings
Bristol, UK

Museum Index: Louvre regains top spot as Paris recovers and London dips

Job opportunities
Royal Horticultural Society
circa £65,000 depending on experience
location: Greater Manchester, UK
more jobs

France's museums have shown significant recovery following a tumultuous 2016, with the Louvre reclaiming top spot as the world's most visited museum in the latest TEA/AECOM Museum Index.

Tourist numbers in Paris and wider France suffered in 2016 in the wake of multiple terrorist attacks, with attendance at the Louvre dropping by 1.3 million visitors to 7.4 million, with the world-famous institution falling behind the top-ranked National Museum of China in Beijing and the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

Reflecting the recovery of its tourism sector in 2017, the Louvre enjoyed a 9.5 per cent increase in visitor numbers, rising by 500,000 visitors to 8.1 million. Similarly, the Musee D'Orsay – which last year experienced a double digit drop in attendance to 3 million visitors – experienced significant recovery, with a 5.9 per cent increase in visitation to 3.2 million people. There were also rises in Paris for the Centre Pompidou, which increased visitation 2.2 per cent to 3.4 million, and the Cite des Sciences et de L'Industrie, which saw its numbers jump 11.7 per cent to 2.4 million visitors.

Across the channel things aren't looking so rosy, with uncertainty over Brexit and renewed security concerns affecting Britain's museums particularly in the capital, where of the five London museums that made the top 20, four suffered declines in visitation.

The highest-ranked British Museum – which came in 8th – saw its numbers drop from 6.4 million in last year's report to 5.9 million in 2017. In 9th, the Tate Modern, which last year increased its visitor numbers by 23.9 per cent, this time dropped 3.1 per cent, welcoming 5.6 million visitors through its doors. The National Gallery lost one million visitors, dropping outside of the top to to 11th spot with 5.3 million people coming to the institution. There was a 4.1 per cent decline at the Natural History Museum, which saw 4.4 million visit.

Bucking the trend in the British capital was the Victoria & Albert Museum, which following an expansion and three major exhibitions, upped its attendance by a quarter to 3.8 million, welcoming an additional 800,000 visitors through 2017.

Attendance across the top 20 museums remained relatively flat – up 0.2 per cent from 107.8 million to 180 million. Regionally, however, the report says that museums had a strong year with 5 per cent growth fed by new entries and strong performance in Asia.

Exemplified last year by the National Museum of China taking the top spot from The Louvre, Asia’s culture sector has experienced rapid growth in recent years, with 2017 being no different.

Museums in the region recorded the fastest growth worldwide in 2017, with an 11 per cent increase in visitation. Of the top 20 museums, seven were in China, the newly-opened Chengdu Museum entering the Index for the first time with 3 million visitors.

This strong performance, says the report, has been fuelled by multiple factors, including "an emerging middle class with rising levels of education, cultural awareness and disposable income, exposure to global cultural trends through online and social media, as well as increased international travel to destinations with high-quality museums".

The Museum Index, now in its sixth year, is a collaboration between the Themed Entertainment Association and the economics practice at AECOM. The Museum Index is part of the larger annual TEA/AECOM Theme Index, which tracks attractions attendance, looking at theme parks, theme park groups, waterparks and museums.

In the theme park realm, Disney continues to be the world's top dog, gaining close to 10 million additional visitors through the year. For more, click here.

For waterparks, attendance has for the first time broken 30 million visitors among the world's top 20, with particularly strong performance in some of Europe's top draws. For more, click here.

To read the full TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index click here.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
France's museums have shown significant recovery following a tumultuous 2016, with the Louvre reclaiming top spot as the world's most visited museum in the latest TEA/AECOM Museum Index.
VAT,HAM,RES
The Louvre enjoyed a 9.5 per cent increase in visitor numbers, rising by 500,000 visitors to 8.1 million / Shutterstock.com

More News

1 - 15 of 38,007
19 Oct 2018
Private equity giant Blackstone has acquired UK-based live events venue operator National Exhibition Centre Group from LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group. ... More
19 Oct 2018
DW Fitness First is introducing a new water-based HIIT class in order to cater to the public's increasing demand for innovative, intensive group exercise classes. ... More
18 Oct 2018
International beauty and spa therapy standard setter Cidesco International is expanding its head office support team with the appointment of Jacqueline Kennedy as business development ... More
18 Oct 2018
Speaking at the annual Legend customer day at the NEC today, Sport England’s executive director of mass markets, Dave Newton gave a first reveal of ... More
18 Oct 2018
Fitness operator Equinox will move further into the lifestyle space with the launch of bespoke luxury travel experiences, featuring domestic and international multi-day journeys next ... More
18 Oct 2018
Research by UK-based charity Women in Sport suggests that there remains a lack of visibility of women’s sports coverage even among developed nations. The research, ... More
Teddy Tennis
Teddy Tennis
18 Oct 2018
The historic Keep at Norwich Castle in Norfolk, England is to be restored to resemble its Norman heyday following the injection of £9.2m (US$12m, €10.5m) ... More
18 Oct 2018
Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has published a new technology masterplan for the National Health Service (NHS), designed to transform it into the ... More
18 Oct 2018
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) celebrated recipients of its 5th-annual Global Wellness Awards and the winners of its Shark Tank of Wellness student competition, all ... More
18 Oct 2018
US billionaire Shahid Khan has withdrawn his bid to buy Wembley, English football's national stadium. Khan, the owner of Fulham Football Club and the Jacksonville ... More
17 Oct 2018
UK prime minister Theresa May has backed a new loneliness strategy, the government's first, which will encourage GPs to prescribe social activities – such as ... More
17 Oct 2018
A specialised gymnastics facility has opened at the Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Centre in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. The purpose-built, £300,000 facility was officially opened by Commonwealth Games ... More
MoveGB
MoveGB
17 Oct 2018
US fitness brand Peloton has launched into the UK, marking the occasion with a three-week pop-up store – dubbed 'Peloton House' – in London's Covent ... More
17 Oct 2018
Five-a-side football centre operator Powerleague will begin restructuring its business after the firm's creditors accepted plans for a company voluntary agreement (CVA). Creditors voted in ... More
16 Oct 2018
A dramatic mountain-top arts centre has been built in the Yanshan mountains in China. The Hilltop Gallery – also known as the Phoenix Valley Summit ... More
MyZone
MyZone
1 - 15 of 38,007
employer of choice
Would you like to work for a gym operator that allows you to develop and use your skills to the full whilst being well rewarded? The Gym is totally committed to allowing 'the manager to manage' and rewarding our key personnel for delivery... More
Active IQ
Active IQ