Adults visiting museums and galleries
- 1. Main facts and figures
- 2. People visiting a museum or gallery in the past year, by ethnicity
- 3. People visiting a museum or gallery in the past year, by ethnicity over time (3 specific years)
- 4. People visiting a museum or gallery in the past year, by ethnicity over time
- 5. Methodology
- 6. Data sources
- 7. Download the data
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1. Main facts and figures
significantly more people visited a museum or gallery in 2015/16 (53%) than in 2005/06 (42%)
this rise in the percentage of people visiting museums and galleries was seen across all ethnic groups
in 2005/06, 2010/11 and 2015/16 White people (including White ethnic minorities) were more likely than Black people to have visited museums or galleries
in 2005/06 and 2010/11 White people were more likely than Asian people to have visited museums or galleries; however, there was no significant difference between the percentage of White and Asian people visiting in 2015/16
The ethnic categories used in this data
For this data, the number of people surveyed (the ‘sample size’) was too small to draw any firm conclusions about specific ethnic categories.
For the years 2005/06, 2010/11 and 2015/16, the number of respondents was large enough to break ethnicity down into 4 broad groups:
- White (which includes White ethnic minorities)
- Other (which includes people of Mixed ethnicity)
For all other years since 2006/07, the data is broken down into the following 2 broad categories:
- White – White ethnic groups (including White British and White ethnic minorities)
- Other – all other ethnic minorities
2. People visiting a museum or gallery in the past year, by ethnicity
3. People visiting a museum or gallery in the past year, by ethnicity over time (3 specific years)
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4. People visiting a museum or gallery in the past year, by ethnicity over time
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The Taking Part Survey measures cultural activity by people aged 16 years and over, as well as children aged 5 to 10 years and 11 to 15 years. Respondents must be living in private households in England, but there is no geographical restriction on where the activity or event occurred.
The sample for the Taking Part survey is chosen by first randomly selecting households from the Postcode Address File.
An interviewer visits these addresses and, if contact is made, records details of all individuals living at each address. One adult, and where applicable one child aged 5 to 10 years and one aged 11 to 15 years, is then selected to participate in the survey.
The figures presented here only apply to people aged 16 years and over.
Weighting is used to adjust the results of a survey to make them representative of the population and improve their accuracy.
For example, a survey which contains 25% women and 75% men will not accurately reflect the views of the general population, which we know has an even 50/50 split.
Statisticians rebalance or ‘weight’ the survey results to more accurately represent the general population. This helps to make them more reliable.
Survey weights are usually applied to make sure the survey sample has broadly the same gender, age, ethnic and geographic make up as the general population.
The data in the Taking Part sample is weighted to make sure it is representative of the population in England. The data is weighted to:
- compensate for unequal probabilities of selection
- adjust for non-responses
Weighting is based on mid-2014 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
You can see confidence intervals for each ethnic group if you download the data.
In 2015/16, 76% of adults responding to the Taking Part Survey question had taken part in the arts. This is a reliable estimate of the percentage of adults in England who took part in the arts in that period. But because the Taking Part Survey is based on a random sample of adults, it’s impossible to be 100% certain of the true percentage.
It’s 95% certain, however, that somewhere between 75% and 77% of all adults in England took part in the arts. In statistical terms, this is a 95% confidence interval. This means that if 100 random samples were taken, then 95 times out of 100 the estimate would fall between the upper and lower confidence interval. But 5 times out of 100 it would fall outside this range.
The smaller the survey sample, the more uncertain the estimate and the wider the confidence interval. For example, the number of Black adults responding to the survey in 2015/16 (242 respondents) was much smaller than the overall adult population that responded to the survey (10,171 respondents), so we can be less certain about the estimate for the smaller group (Black adults, 70%). This greater uncertainty is expressed by a wider confidence interval, of between 62% and 78% for Black adults in 2015/16.
All the differences noted in the text are statistically significant. The statistical significance of differences are approximate because they are determined where the 95% confidence intervals for 2 groups or time periods don't overlap.
Percentages are given to the nearest whole number.
Further technical information
6. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Twice a year
Purpose of data source
The Taking Part Survey measures people's involvement in cultural activities in England.
The data is widely used by policy officials, practitioners, academics and charities.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
7. Download the data
This file contains: Measure, Time, Ethnicity, Geography, Value, Upper bound, Lower bound, Sample size