Figures released show 6.5% increase on visitor numbers to museums and galleries in 2014.

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) have announced its members’ visitor numbers for 2014, which saw an average 6.5% increase on visits to museums and galleries compared to 2013.

We are delighted to represent 12 out of the top 20 attractions, which combined, have a staggering total number of 45,011,052 visitors. Leading the pack is the iconic British Museum receiving 6,695,213 visitors, closely followed by The National Gallery with 6,416,724 visitors.

The Southbank Centre and Tate Modern received 6,255,799 and 5,785,427 visitors respectively and the Natural History Museum had the fifth highest number of visits with 5,388,295.

There were 3,180,450 visitors to the V&A South Kensington, 2,062,502 visitors to the National Portrait Gallery, 1,627,599 British Library visitors and 1,516,258 visitors to the National Maritime Museum. Richmond’s Kew Gardens received 1,368,565 visitors and Tate Britain 1,357,878 visitors. It is worth mentioning that the Imperial War Museum London saw an astounding visitor increase of 153% compared to 2013, the highest increase of any attraction on the ALVA list.

The Museum of London also saw a steady visitor increase – up 19%. Coupling this fantastic information with recent news from Arts Council England that museums and galleries contributed £1.45bn to the economy, it is clear to see how important the arts and culture are to our nation and that we must build upon this success in the future.