Museum attendances increase

Crowds at Queensland Museum exhibition.  Source: Qld Museum.

Australians love going to the cinema, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Media Release, 18 February 2015

More than 12 million people went to the cinemas in 2013-14, figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show. 

”The cinema remains Australians favourite cultural venue, with 66 per cent of people aged 15 years and over reporting at least one visit during 2013-14″, said Gary Niedorfer from the ABS. “This was similar to the 67 per cent in 2009-10″.

Overall, 86 per cent of Australians attended at least one cultural venue in 2013-14. 

”Attendance rates generally decreased for older age groups, with a 94 per cent attendance rate for people aged 18-24 years compared with 66 per cent for people aged 75 years and over.” said Mr Niedorfer.

While going to the cinema was a popular activity across all age groups it was more popular with 18-24 year olds (85 per cent) than with those aged 75 years and over (37 per cent). 

Attending classical music concerts was one event where a greater proportion of older people attended: 14 per cent of people aged 65 to 74 years compared with 7 per cent of 18-24 year olds.

Other popular cultural venues that people attended include botanic gardens (37 per cent), libraries (34 per cent) and zoological parks and aquariums (34 per cent).

There was a drop in the proportion of people attending zoological parks and aquariums from 2009-10 (37 per cent) to 2013-14 (34 per cent), but there was an increase in the proportion of people attending museums, popular music concerts and botanic gardens.

Further details are available in Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2013-14 (cat. no. 4114.0), available for free download from the ABS website (