Art consumption grows in Spain: increase in monument, exhibition, museum and art gallery visits


Good news, dear readers! The Survey on Consumption and Cultural Practices in Spain 2018-2019, done by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in collaboration with the National Statistics Institute (INE), confirms that art consumption has grown in Spain!

According to the survey, after interviewing 16.000 people aged 15 years and older, art consumption has increased significantly in our country in the last 4 years. What’s especially outstanding is the increase in the amount of people that visit monuments or sites, which this year stands at 50.8% compared to the 42.8% registered four years ago. Similarly, there has also been an increase in the amount of people that visit museums, exhibitions and art galleries annually by 7.3 points that adds up to a total of 46.7% of the analyzed population.

The results collected indicate a strong implementation of the use of new technologies as an instrument for culture dissemination and consumption. This makes the Internet a useful tool for virtual museum tours visits, which is what 8.3% (6.7% in 2015) of those investigated have done.

However, the level of studies is the most decisive variable in cultural participation. As one increases, so does the other. Young people have the highest rates of cultural participation in all areas: they visit more museums and monuments. But participation decreases with age.

For the first time, this survey analyzes problems related to physical accessibility to museums, cinemas and theaters. The results show that when asked “what are the reasons as to why they’re not going, or going less”, 1.8%, 1.6% and 1.3% of the population respond that they encounter accessibility issues, especially those over the age of 65.

There are strong interrelationships between the different cultural activities, so that the groups that participate in a specific cultural activity also have a higher participation rate than that of others. For example, those who attended museums, galleries or exhibitions last year have higher reading rates (85.9%), compared to the entire population that was analyzed (65.8%).

Cultural practice in childhood is decisive and linked to the cultural practice of parents. A 72% of the population with children under the age of 18 at home have read with them for leisure, 66% have visited museums or monuments, 58.1% have attended performing arts or musical shows with them and 75.6 % have gone to the movies with their children.


  • 46.7% go to exhibitions, museums and art galleries every year
  • 50.8% visit monuments
  • 8.3% visit museums virtually
  • 85.9% of those who go to exhibitions, museums and art galleries have the highest reading rates
  • Younger people are the ones who visit museums and monuments the most
  • There are strong interrelationships between different cultural activities

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