MDC says summer ended decline in museum visitors
ZAGREB, September 25, 2021 – A survey by the Zagreb-based Museum Documentation Center (MDC) covering five Croatian museums that have received the highest number of visitors in recent years shows that the two peak months of this tourist season have halted a sharp drop in the number of museum visitors caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The poll shows that the Pula-based Istrian Archaeological Museum, the Split City Museum, the Dubrovnik Museums, the Croatian Zagorje Museums and the Zagreb-based Klovićevi Dvori Gallery recorded an increase of 84.9 % of the number of visitors compared to the same period of 2020, which represents 70% of visitors to these museums during the last pre-pandemic summer of 2019.
The MDC indicates that a favorable epidemiological situation and good tourism results in July and August 2021 strongly reflected on the number of visitors to museums but notes that the real contribution of this year’s tourist season to museum results in 2021 will not be known only at the beginning of 2022..
Kocijan: The world’s most visited museums still far from optimistic
The world’s most visited museums have yet to release data on visitor numbers in the first few months after the lockdown is lifted, but MDC director Maja Kocijan says they are certainly far from it. optimistic.
Unlike Croatian museums, museums elsewhere in Europe were also closed this year and once the lockdown was lifted most of them had to comply with much stricter epidemiological rules, she said.
Kocijan is not optimistic about Croatia’s overall figures for this year.
“The dramatic decline in visitors and revenues was halted for a while this summer, but new waves of the pandemic have prolonged the biggest museum crisis on record in 2021. The season is over, the pandemic is not yet over. unfortunately not, new restrictions are on the horizon and the 84.9% increase in the number of visitors to the most attractive Croatian museums for tourists will be neutralized by the negative statistics caused by the pandemic and the earthquakes of earth (2020), “said Kocijan, recalling that a third of Zagreb’s museums, including the largest museums, entered in the fall closed, preparing for evacuation so that their post-earthquake reconstruction could begin.
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