Museums Survey: Visitors Prefer Art and Science Museums

Today is National Museum Day, a day aimed at calling attention to all of the country’s great museums. There are several different types of museums in cities throughout the country that people can enjoy today and throughout the rest of the year. So how often do people take advantage of these museums? And which ones are their favorites to visit?

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Museum Visitors

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 2% of respondents said they go to museums at least once per month. 14% said they visit a few times per year. 15% go to museums about once per year. 12% go every few years. 33% said they rarely ever go to museums. And 25% never do.

Museum Importance

Museums can be incredibly helpful for teaching kids, which is why they’re so often a destination for school field trips and weekend family getaways. But for adults, they can also be great teachers or just interesting cultural experiences. 83% of respondents think that it’s important for kids to visit museums. And 78% think that it is also important for adults to visit museums at least semi-regularly.

Visitors’ Favorites

In general, art and science museums seem to be people’s favorites to visit. 31% rated science museums as their favorites. And 30% rated art museums as their favorites. Visitors rated history and cultural museums near the middle of the pack. And they rated sports centered museums and those based on specific industries as their least favorites.

More specifically, some favorite museums mentioned by respondents include the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, the Henry Ford Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Museum of Science and Industry and the Field Museum in Chicago.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary by Night from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on May 17 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.