0550 GMT January 22, 2018
The association said in a statement that the most-cited reasons for the decline were that museums had been unable to repeat particularly successful exhibition programmers in 2015, had hosted fewer visitor groups, or that their region had experienced a decline in tourism, theartnewspaper.com reported.
The decline in visitors and the decrease in the number of exhibitions are a ‘warning signal’, especially in times of economic growth, said Eckart Köhne, the president of the German Museums Association.
“Museums are competing for visitors with many other leisure options,” said Hermann Parzinger, the president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.
“That makes it all the more important to have an attractive program that keeps pace with the times.”
The total number of visits to museums and exhibition halls was 112 million, about 2.5 million fewer than in 2015. The number of visits to art museums declined by 7.4 percent, while natural science museums reported an increase of 4.1 percent.
One in ten of the museums surveyed said they conducted provenance research in 2016. Four in 10 responders said they are producing or have produced digital inventories of their collections.