LIVERPOOL museums and galleries celebrated a bumper year for visitors in 2012, a report released today reveals.
The Walker Art Gallery saw an increase of 40% in people through its doors in 2012, while Tate Liverpool had 6% more visitors – attracted by shows like Alice in Wonderland, Turner Monet Twombly and the Liverpool Biennial.
The figures, published in a report today by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), also reveal the new waterfront Museum of Liverpool received more than one million visits last year, making it the most visited museum outside London.
National Museums Liverpool (NML) director Dr David Fleming said: "In 2012 we had our most successful year ever, with more than 3.3m visits.
"We attract more people now than we did during Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, and nearly five times as many as a decade ago.
"Our eight museums and galleries are exciting and emotional places to visit – that’s the secret of our success.
"The big challenge is maintaining this success when public funding is shrinking."
There were also increases at the International Slavery Museum (9%) and the Lady Lever Art Gallery (7%).
Tate Liverpool’s executive director Andrea Nixon said: "Popular exhibitions such as Alice in Wonderland and Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings contributed to the uplift in figures, as did our Liverpool Biennial display.
"This year is our 25th birthday, and with a diverse programme of exhibitions and activities including our Glam! exhibition and the upcoming Chagall: Modern Master, we look forward to welcoming many more visitors."
Meanwhile Chester Zoo was named as the most popular paid for attraction outside London with 1,405,233 visitors.
Nationally, the British Museum remained the most popular attraction for the sixth year running (5,575,946), while the Tate Modern, with its Damien Hirst retrospective, was second.