Museo Reina Sofía se posiciona como uno de los diez museos más visitados del mundo

With over 3.6 million visitors in 2016, which is 12% higher that the previous year, the Queen Sofía Museum now ranks as one of the top ten most visited museums in the world, according to a report from the TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, a company that specializes in architecture, design, transportation and sustainability.

However, the total number of visits during the first quarter of 2017 are higher than the same period in 2013, when the museum received 1,7 million people.

Specifically, according to data supplied by Reina Sofía to Europa Press, the museum received about 2.2 million people in the first part of the year, representing a 16% increase compared to the 1.9 million visitors of the same period in 2016. The exhibition Mercy and terror in Picasso: The road to Guernica, inaugurated last April 5 and it can be visited until September 4. To date, the exhibition has already had 438,000 visitors.

 

According to the report, the number of visitors at European museums has not drastically varied compared to last year. In fact, the Louvre in Paris, still the number one museum on the European ranking, has been affected by a decrease in visitors due to factors like the absence of large exhibits or the fear of terrorist attacks. The museum was visited by 7,4 million people, 14% less than in 2015. The turnout at the London British Museum also decreased to 6,4 millions, that is a 5,9% drop. However, the Vatican Museums reached an attendance of 6 million visitors, a slight increase of 1,1%.

The State Trekyakov Gallery in Russia is an exception: the museum has virtually doubled the number of visitors, which, according to the company responsible of the gallery, is due to the consolidation of tourism in Moscow and the successful exhibitions Ivan Aivazovsky and From Elizabeth to Victoria: English Portraits from the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery. Thanks to them, the museum has received 680 000 more people than in 2015.

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