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11 million visits to Norwegian museums

For the first time ever, the number of recorded visits to Norwegian museums has exceeded 11 million. This number represents an increase of just over 4 per cent since 2014.

Museum facts.
20062015Change in percentage
Total visits9 330 58711 315 28321.3
Individual visits6 786 3838 877 70930.8
Visitors in groups2 544 2042 437 574-4.2
Paying visitors4 462 3225 869 54231.5
Remunerated man-years3 397.14 015.118.2
Man-years by permanent employees2 517.23 085.422.6
Percentage permanent employment74.177

In 2015, over 11.3 million visits to Norwegian museums were registered, which is a rise of about 450 000 from 2014. Despite the drop in the number of visits in 2014 compared to 2013, visitor numbers still managed to surpass 11 million. Museum visits have increased almost every year since 2006. From 2006 to 2015, the number of visits increased by 21 per cent.

Over time, there have been more individual visits to museums and fewer group visits to museums in Norway. From 2006 to 2015, the number of individual visits has increased by 31 per cent, while the number of group visits has decreased by 4.2 per cent. See figure 1 for details of visits to museums in Norway. A total of 5.9 million visitors paid an admission charge in 2015, which is 52 per cent of all visits. In 2006, the share of paying visitors was below 50 per cent.

Larger collections

Collections in Norwegian museums include art history, cultural history, natural history, photographic and archaeological artefacts. The collections had a total of 56 million items in 2015, which is 5 per cent more than the year before.

Fewer exhibitions in 2015

The number of travelling exhibitions spiked in 2014, and in total there were more than 3 000 exhibitions. In 2015, the number of exhibitions was on a par with previous years, with 2 850.

Stable public funding

Museums in Norway had a total income of NOK 4.8 billion in 2015. Total expenditure in the same year was NOK 4.6 billion. Museums received NOK 3.4 billion from public funds. In 2015, 71 per cent of the museums’ income was from public funding; the same share as the year before. In 2006, the share of public funding was 67 per cent of total income.

4 000 remunerated man-years

A total of 4 000 remunerated man-years was carried out in the museums in 2015. This number represents an increase of 4 per cent compared to 2014. Fifty-five per cent of the remunerated man-years were carried out by women. Seventy-seven per cent of the remunerated man-years were by permanent employees. In addition to the remunerated man-years, 198 man-years by volunteers were carried out in 2015. The number of volunteers has been stable over the last ten years.

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This report for 2015 covers a total of 115 museums, all of which remained open last year and had at least one man-year.