Metropolitan Museum of Art attendance tops 7 million

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NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it welcomed more than 7 million visitors to its three locations – the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Cloisters and the Met Breuer – in the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

The Museum’s renowned collection and a range of exhibitions and programs drew audiences throughout the year; standout exhibitions included a seminal display of works by Eugène Delacroix; a groundbreaking presentation of art from medieval Armenia; a timely exploration of art and culture from the ancient Middle East, and two shows that are still on view – “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll,” a celebration of the artistry of the iconic instruments of rock ‘n’ roll, and “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” an exploration of the exuberant nature of the camp aesthetic through fashion.

Continually one of New York City’s most visited tourist attractions for domestic and international audiences, the Met draws a wide range of visitors. In the fiscal year that ended June 30 international tourists accounted for 28% of the museum’s visitors. Local visitors from the five boroughs of New York City made up 35% of the overall total, and 16% were from New York’s tristate area.

Fiscal year 2019 is the third year in a row that the museum drew over 7 million visitors.

The Met’s website (metmuseum.org) had more than 30 million visits in FY19. The museum’s social media reach is broad: its Twitter feed has more than 4.3 million followers; its Webby Award-winning Instagram has 3.2 million followers; and its Facebook account has more than 1.9 million.