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Which Smithsonian Museum had the Most Visits in 2019?

KidsatMuseumThe results are in!  The number of 2019 visits to each of the Smithsonian Institutions have been tallied and reported.  Can you guess which of your favorite Smithsonian museums had the most visits?

 

How are Visits Counted?

Smithsonian security officers use hand clickers to count everyone entering (although in some museums, visitors are counted when they leave the museum) through public entrances.  Someone visiting three different Smithsonian museums on any given day will be counted three times.  Consequently, the Smithsonian Institute always refers to the numbers below as "visits" rather than "visitors.

 

2019 Visits:

 

Natural History MuseumAccording to the Newsroom of the Smithsonian, the most popular museum in 2019 was the iconic National Museum of Natural History with 4.2 million visits, followed by the National Air and Space Museum (3.2 million), National Museum of American History (2.8 million), National Museum of African American History and Culture (2 million), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2 million), and the National Zoo (1.8 million).

 

Total visits to the Smithsonian Museums were down in 2019 from 28.5 million visits in 2018 to 22.1 million visits in 2019.  The full 2019 visitor stats are listed below or can be found on the Smithsonian Newsroom website.  

 

Totals for 2019:

Smithsonian American Art Museum (With the Renwick Gallery) 2M
National Portrait Gallery 1.1M
National Museum of African American History and Culture 2M
National Museum of African Art 129,572
National Air and Space Museum 3.2M
National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center 1.3M
National Museum of American History 2.8M
National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.) 960,933
National Museum of the American Indian Heye Center (New York City) 348,599
Anacostia Community Museum 8,034
Arts and Industries Building 25,967
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 263,637
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 891,114
National Museum of Natural History 4.2M
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum 314,068
S. Dillon Ripley Center 144,169
Smithsonian Institution Building, "The Castle" 965,512
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery  148,242
Freer Gallery of Art  298,094
National Postal Museum 501,204
National Zoo 1.8M
Total Visits in 2019 22.1M

 

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Topics: Smithsonian Museums

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