Courtesy of a press release from Elyse Topalian, Ann Matson at the Metropolitan Museum…
Metropolitan Museum Announces 5.24 Million Annual Attendance, Highest Since 2001, as Fiscal Year Ends
(New York, June 30, 2010)-Attendance at The Metropolitan Museum of Art reached 5,240,000 visitors during the fiscal year that ends today, June 30, the Museum has announced. This is the first year since 2001 that attendance at the Metropolitan has exceeded five million. The number, which includes attendance at The Cloisters museum and gardens, ranks among the highest in its entire 130-year history.
“We are pleased to announce this landmark attendance figure, which underscores the vibrancy of the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibitions and collections for its audiences from around the world. It also sends a signal about the enduring importance of culture and cultural institutions to the public, especially during this period of recession,” stated the Museum’s Director, Thomas P. Campbell.
More than 30 exhibitions were presented during the past year. Among the most popular with the public were Vermeer’s Masterpiece The Milkmaid (September 10-November 29, 2009), with 329,446 visitors, and three current exhibitions: Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 27-August 15, 2010) with 380,574 visitors to date, Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bamb√∫ (April 27-October 31, weather permitting) with 208,313 visitors so far, and American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (May 5-August 15, 2010) with 175,033 visitors since its opening. Figures for the three current exhibitions reflect attendance as of June 30.