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The statistics have been compiled annually since 1984, but in 2016 they have undergone restructuring, which affects the number of the total number of guests in the museums. The state museums and the stat recognized museums continues unchanged.
The statistic is yearly and it shows the number of visitors inclusive children and young people under 18 years. Furthermore it gather information about yearly opening hours. The museums have different categories and the statistic delivers a time series on the number of visitors since 1984.
Annual electronic questionnaires answered by the individual museums. The statistics on museums is validated and corrected at the micro level i.e. the individual museums. If a museum has large fluctuations in the number of visitors contacted the museum for a clarification of the cause.
The overviews of the individual museums visitor numbers are much in demand.
The users are primarily the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, The Danish Agency for Culture, organizations engaged in activities within in the field of museums and the news media
Accuracy and reliability
Reporting to the museum statistics is voluntary, so the statistics are not fully comprehensive. Several of the smaller museums do not have the resources to report to the statistics. There are also museums that are not state aid that have asked to be exempted from receiving a form.
In 2016, schedules were sent out to 430 museum departments. In 2017, forms have been sent out to approx. 400 museum departments. In 2018, forms have been sent out to approx. 380 museum departments. In 2019 forms have been sent to approx. 370. The reason for sending fewer forms is due, for example, to the fact that museums close, exempt from the survey or have wanted to receive one report despite having several places. In 2020 forms have been sent to approx. 380 museum departments. In 2021 forms have been sent to approx. 460 museum departments.
Timeliness and punctuality
Statistical data are published approximately 4 months after the end of the reference period.
It is possible to compare the survey for visitors to state museums and state recognized museums. For museums with other state aid and non-governmental support, comparison with data before 2016 should be taken with reservation as population formation changed in 2016. EGMUS The European Group on Museum Statistics publishes numbers of museums for most European countries. Many countries collect only information about state-sponsored museums.
Accessibility and clarity
The statistics are published as New from Statistics Denmark. The statistics under the topic [Museums and zoo] are published in StatBank. In addition, the statistics are included in the Statistical Yearbook and the Statistical Yearbook. Read more on the subject's subject page Museums and zoos.