The value of museums

Museums have a major impact to local and national economies.

A tram travels through The Town at Beamish Museum.
Tram 31 in The Town at Beamish. Photo © Beamish Museum

With continued support from local authorities, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and other public and private funders, museums can play an ever more important role in our economy and communities. 

The findings of this report include the economic output of museums to the national economy is £1.45 billion. 

Read the report in full below.


The Economic Impact of Museums in England

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Top left to bottom right: 1. New Wolsey Theatre: Our House cast. Photo, Mike Kwasniak. 2. DoESLiverpool, DesktopProsthetics, part of FACT's project Build Your Own, 2015. Photo © Brian Slater, courtesy of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). 3. Reopening of Manchester Central Library, March 22nd 2014. Photo © Joel C. Fildes for Arts Council England.. 4. Take Me To Bed by Luke Pell and Jo Verrent. Photo © Mark Morreau, courtesy of Luke Pell 5. Style Picks: An Arts Council England funded exhibition at Wakefield Museum. Photo © Elly Ross, courtesy of Wakefield Council. 6. Rosanna Tat and Cornelia Turner-Klier, Park Bench Dance Theatre. Photo © Park Bench Dance Theatre 7. Performers Ian Garside and Andi Xhuma of DV8 Physical Theatre. Photo © Blandine Soulage-Rocca