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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. From 2022, the statistic also show the number of volunteers, hours worked by volunteers and the total admission revenue (incl. annual passes), as well as the number of events outside the premises of the museum and online events (live-streamed) and participants in the two type of events. The museums have different categories and the statistic delivers a time series on the number of visitors since 1984.

Data description

The statistics illustrate the museums' visitor numbers, annual opening hours and their development. Furthermore, information is collected on the museums' museum categories and museum type. Museum category describes what content the individual museums have, eg cultural history museums or art museums. The type of museum describes which state subsidies the individual museum receives, eg state, state-recognized, aid from another agency. The Agency for Culture and Palaces records all state and state-recognized museums, but not the other museum types. Up to and including 2015, Statistics Denmark has maintained a population of the other types of museums through advertisements on websites, professional books, etc. In order to create a more consistent and unambiguous population base, the other museum types from 2016 are defined as all units registered in the museum industry in Statistics Denmark's Business Statistics Register. The change affects the calculation of the activity at the non-state-supported museums and the museums that receive state aid from other government authorities than the Ministry of Culture, and thus also the total number of museum visits.

Classification system

The statistics on museums use the following classifications:

Visit to the exhibition: Denotes museum guests who visit the museum's exhibitions via free ticket or free of charge. The number of visits to the exhibition does not include museum staff or craftsmen. The number of visitors to the exhibition is calculated in the visitors to the exhibition and children / young people under the age of 18 with and without teaching content, respectively.

Visit to the visit site: Everyone who has stayed at the museum. It also includes visitors in the cafe, in the restaurant, in the museum shop or the like.

Museums: Is the administrative unit. A museum can manage several places of visit, especially the state and state-recognized museums. A museum that manages 12 places of visit will count as one museum.

Museum sites: Is the number of visitor locations belonging to the administrative unit. If a museum does not manage multiple sites, it will appear once. If, on the other hand, a museum manages several visits, it will appear several times. It is especially state and state-recognized museums that have many places of visit.

Number of opening hours: The museum's total opening hours of one year.

Category: Whether the museum's permanent collection of museum objects is cultural-historical, art or natural history. If a museum does not have a permanent collection of museum objects, such as an art hall, it can be registered as a museum-like institution. Lastly, a museum category is awarded mixed, if the museum manages several visitor locations with different museum categories.

Type: The support that the museum receives, e.g.. Government pursuant to the Museum Act, state-recognized according to the Museum Act, aid from other agencies and none.

Volunteers: Number of volunteers, that work for the museum without being paid.

Volunteer hours worked: The total number of hours worked by volunteers.

Total admission revenue: The total admission revenue incl. discount and annual passes (DKK) but excl. revenue from, for example, shops, boutiques, sponsors and public subsidies.

Events outside the premises of the museum: The number of events that are publicly announced and arranged by the museum. Examples of these can be tours and workshops held outside the premises of the museum.

Participants at events outside the premises of the museum: The number of participants in total at the events outside the premises of the museum.

Online events: The number of events held online. The event are publicly announced an available and are live-streamed. Examples could by tours of an exhibition or lectures. The events can take place at or outside the premises of the museum.

Participants at online events: The number of participants on total at the museums' online events.

Sector coverage

Culture sector

Statistical concepts and definitions

Other state aid: Museums that are not state-funded under the Danish Museum Act, but where other state institutions than the Ministry of Culture have chosen to support the museum.

Number of visitors: The number of visitors here refers exclusively to museum visitors who physically visit the museum. Virtual visits are not included. The number of visitors here refers exclusively to museum visitors who physically visit the museum. Virtual visits are not included. Museum staff and people visiting the cafe / restaurant and museum shop should not be counted on. The number of visitors is calculated in total visitors and children / adolescents under 18 years with and without teaching content.

Number of places to visit: Number of places to visit, the number of physical museums, which guests can visit. Here counts Museum Jutland as 20 museum departments.

Number of museums: Administrative units. For example consists Museum of Southern Jutland of 20 visits places ie museums you can physically visit. Number of museums denotes the number of museums, which constitute individual administrative units. Ie Museum Jutland counts as a museum.

Number of Opening Hours: The total opening hours in a year at the museum.

Non-state museums: Not covered by the Museum Act or any other Act. These can be museums that are created or owned by private persons, companies, foundations, associations or municipalities.

Museum of Cultural History: Musical objects that exhibit cultural-historical material or immaterial things that people have produced or attributed to meaning, such as the National Museum, The Old Town, The Kings Collection or Moesgaard.

Art museum: Exhibits art eg galleries, sculptures, etc., eg Louisiana, ARoS, Arken or Statens Museum for Kunst

Museum Category: Museum Category: Divides the museums in cultural history museums, art museums, natural history museums and museum similar institutions. The latter category is given to institutions, which not having a permanent collection of objects, for example, art centers.

Type of museum: Type of museum divides museums of different types of subsidization: State museums according to Museum Act, State subsidized museums according to Museum Act, Other state subsidized museums, Not subsidized

Museum of Natural History: Exhibitions dealing with, for example, research, experiments or historical documentation of animals, plants, geology, climate etc., eg the National Museum of Natural History, Naturama, Museum of Natural History Aarhus

State-subsidised: Museums to which the state grants operating grants

State-owned museums: Museums owned by the state

Statistical unit

The unit is museums and museum sites (museum departments), if the museum has more than one.

Statistical population

The target group is museums in Denmark

Reference area


Time coverage

State museums and state recognized museums are covered from 2009 and forward.

Other state subsidized museums and not subsidized museums are covered from 2016 and forward.

Base period

Not relevant for this statistics.

Unit of measure

Number of visits to the exhibition and to the site. Number of hours the museum is open in the year. Number of volunteers Number of hours worked by volunteers Total admission revenue (in DKK) Number of events outside the premises of the museum Number of participants at the events outside the premises of the museum Number of online events Number of participants at the online events

Reference period

The statistics are compiled for the calendar year.

Frequency of dissemination


Legal acts and other agreements

State and state recognized are expected to report with accordance to the Museum Act.

This statistic is voluntary for museums that are note subsidized by the state.

Cost and burden

According to a report based on self declared time-usage for 2021, it took the museums typically one hour to fill out the form.

To reduce the reporting burden, the form is pre-filled with last year's reporting, e.g. pre-filled museum category and museum type. In addition, the figures for last year, so if there has been no change, e.g. the museum's opening hours, reporting can simply enter the same.

The journal for the form can be accessed here [] in Danish.


Other information can be found on the statistics page [] or by contacting Statistics Denmark. If you want to see the guide to the reporters, this can be accessed on the reporting page here []. Last you can read more about the museum law, etc. on the Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen website. Furthermore, the list of state and state-recognized museums is also found here