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 2012, 2013, and 2014 from Scarborough Research. It is limited to the 518 counties where Scarborough had data from a minimum of 180 respondents over the three years.

Additional Information: Average county indicator value = 12.39%. Median county indicator value = 11.15%.

 

Fast Facts from the Arts Index

The nonprofit arts grow – despite a recession!

The number of nonprofit arts organizations has grown annually, reaching 113,000 in 2010. In the past decade, nonprofit arts organizations grew 49% (76,000 to 113,000), a greater rate than all nonprofit organizations, which grew 32% (1.2 million to 1.6 million).