This report shows that 7.8 million Canadians 15 years of age or older visited a museum in 1998. This represents about one-third of Canadians in this age range. Public art galleries, attended by about one-quarter of Canadians 15 or older, are the most popular sub-group of museums, followed by science and technology museums as well as general and community museums.
The report examines demographic aspects of museum and art gallery attendance as well as attendance trends during the 1990s. The attendance rate at museums decreased during the 1990s, but the attendance rate at public art galleries increased significantly. The report also provides extensive provincial information, including attendance profiles, trends and comparisons between the provinces.