Northern museums and galleries are enjoying a record year with visitor numbers topping 5 million.
Between April 2018 and October 2018, there were 5,141,165 visitors across the 9 Northern museum institutions – an increase of 912,468 (21.5%) on the same period last year.
It’s also the highest number of visitors across these Northern museums and galleries in the Apr-Oct period since comparable records began in 2011-12.
Several Manchester museums saw an increase in visitor numbers compared to the same period in 2017-18.
Imperial War Museum North in Salford welcomed 210,572 visitors, up 35% from April to October 2017-18 and the best for this period since 2014-15.
The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester attracted 433,508 visitors, up 3.6% on the same period last year.
The government is continuing negotiations of a proposed Tourism Sector Deal, helping attract more domestic and overseas visitors and drive major economic growth across the UK and £15 million has been invested in cultural regeneration projects across the North to help showcase the region as a great place to live, work, visit and invest.