In 2010, visits to the Ministry of Culture and Communication’s national museums totalled 26,637,951. It is almost stable compared to the previous year.

Significant increases in attendance were observed across the territory
In the United Kingdom, however, the trend is mainly in

In Paris and Ile-de-France, the Musée Delacroix (+44%) in the Orangerie
(+22%), Decorative Arts (+20%) and Nissim de Camondo (+22%), the city of the
Ceramics in Sèvres (+16%) and the castle-museum of Fontainebleau (+10%) which
stand out.

On the other hand, there was a sharp decline in attendance (between 10% and 25%)
Port-Royal des Champs National Museum, at the National Renaissance Museum in
Ecouen or the Music Museum in Paris.
Of the five institutions typically exceeding one million visits, only
attendance at the Versailles and Trianon National Estate is up (+8%). And if
A slight decrease (-1%) in the Louvre and Orsay museums, it is
indisputable at the National Museum of Modern Art - Centre Pompidou and the Musée du quai
Branly (- 11% in each institution).
In the other regions, a majority of establishments experienced an increase of
This is the case at the National Museum of Prehistory in the Eyzies
(+10%), at the Bonaparte House in Ajaccio (+10%), at the Magnin Museum in Dijon (+15%) or
still at Pau Castle (+20%). A few show more or less declines
important as the Picasso Museum of Vallauris (- 26%), the Château de Compiègne
(- 13%) or the Napoleonic and African museums of the island of Aix (- 5%).
Finally, despite the triumphant success of the exhibition “Monet” (698,523 visits to the 31st
December 2010 and 913,000 in total), the annual attendance of the
Grand Palais is down 3% (1,532,459 instead of 1,577,539 in 2009).
Several factors explain these cross-performances, the analysis of which cannot be limited
only raw statistical data:

1. a programme of temporary exhibitions which has attracted various audiences
(many at the Orangerie or Decorative Arts, much less at the quay museums
Branly or Centre Pompidou);

2. the impact of exceptional attendance in 2009, as at the
Music that benefited from the reopening effect after 18 months of work and
popular success of the Gainsbourg and Miles Davis exhibitions, or at the
In addition to the exhibition programme on Napoleon III and the impact of
the emission of roots and wings;

3. the complete closure of the Picasso Museum in Paris for renovations up to
2012 and the partial Picasso Museum in Vallauris;

4. a greater number of national tourists visiting the museums,
offset a decrease in the number of foreign tourists due in particular to
cloud of Icelandic ash.
An additional factor is to be considered, which contributes to the overall stability of the
attendance of the year: the continuation of the beneficial effects of free measures
April 2009. In 2010, the number of visits generated by these measures was
2,147,066 for young people aged 18 to 25 and 323,580 for teachers
Education Pass. In comparison, over the equivalent period of 2009, the proportion
30% increase for young people and 9% increase for teachers.

In total, free visits to the national museums of the Ministry of Culture and
Communication represent this year 35% of the total attendance (+2%). And
if the overall volume of attendance is almost stable, the average number of visits per
of 739,943 visits, or 2% of
with 35 national museums fully open to the public in 2010 (one of the
less than in 2009) and the exhibitions of the Museum of European
Mediterranean at Fort Saint-Jean preparing for the opening in 2013.