In recent years, the federal government’s Institute for Museum and Library Services has engaged in a major effort to document the population of museums in the U.S. The IMLS dataset includes all manner of museums – of art, public history, natural history, and many other museums subsectors, including those that are private (commercial and nonprofit) and public, i.e., operated by a government body . While other museum databases have been prepared by private sector organizations, the IMLS data represent the most comprehensive tally of museums . It includes about 35,000 individual museums available to U.S. residents

This measure represents the number of those museums located in every county for every 100,000 county residents.

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 2,973. Average county indicator value = 26.3. Median county indicator value = 15.8.


Fast Facts from the Arts Index

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International arts exports increase: U.S. exports of arts goods increased from $56 to $64 billion between 2009 and 2010 (+12%).  With U.S. imports at just $23 billion, the arts achieved a $41 billion trade surplus in 2010.  The percentage of international travelers that include the arts on their visits to the U.S. has increased annually since 2003.