Art museums are one of the vital centers of the visual arts world. Even as museum organizations expand and continually redefine their missions and objectives, museums are still most often based in permanent facilities, and are often closely aligned with the identity of communities. Visiting an art museum is among the basic experiences of elementary arts education, and art museums remain one of the central ways in which the art of the past and present are conveyed.

This indicator estimates the percentage of adults – those 18 and over – that attended art museums in the prior 12 months. It uses data from 2009, 2010, and 2011 from Scarborough Research. It is limited to the 525 counties where Scarborough had data from a minimum of 180 respondents over the three years.

Additional Information: Average county indicator value = 12.46%. Median county indicator value = 11.15%.

 

Fast Facts from the Arts Index

Consumer arts spending steady at $150 billion!

Since 2002, consumer spending on the arts has remained in the $150 billion range, though as a share of all expenditures it has slipped from 1.88% in 2002 to 1.45% in 2010. Following four years of decreases, musical instrument sales rebounded, growing from $5.9 billion in 2009 to $6.3 billion in 2010.