Visits to museums increased
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Museums and collections2013



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Visits to museums increased

Total visits to museums in Norway have been steadily increasing since 2004.

Museum facts.
20042013Change in percentage
Individual visits5 680 9038 207 15544.5
Visitors in groups2 871 8962 737 743-4.7
Paying visitors4 564 0145 365 57817.6
Remunerated man-years3 423.23 862.912.8
Man-years by permanent employees2 367.42 952.924.7
Percentage permanent employment69.276
Figure 1. Visits to museums

From 2004 to 2013, the number of visits by individuals and groups to museums increased by 28 per cent. Visits reached 10.9 million by 2013, while in 2004 the number of visits was 8.6 million. During this period, the number of individual visits increased by 45 per cent. Meanwhile, visits by groups have decreased by 5 per cent.

Paying visits in the period 2004-2013 increased by 18 per cent. The number of paying visits was 5.4 million in 2013.

Increase in man-years

Museums in Norway had a total of 3 900 remunerated man-years in 2013. Of these, 3 000 man-years were permanent positions. From 2004 to 2013, remunerated man-years increased by 13 per cent and man-years for permanent positions increased by 25 per cent.

In 2004, 70 per cent of remunerated positions were permanent, while 76 per cent of positions were permanent in 2013. In total, museums had 4 100 man-years in 2013. Over 10 years, the total man-years increased by 9 per cent.

In 2013, the total income of museums was NOK 4.2 billion and the total expenditure was NOK 4.1 billion. Museums received NOK 2.9 billion from public funds.

Larger collections

Norwegian museums collect art historical, social historical, natural historical, photographical and archaeological objects. The total collection size was 51 million in 2013. The number of photographs has more than doubled in the last ten years.

From 2004 to 2013, exhibitions in museums increased by 18 per cent. Visitors could choose between 2 900 different exhibitions at museums in 2013.

This report for 2013 covers a total of 127 museums, all of which remained open last year and had at least one man-year.