The Prado Museum It was more visited in 2018 than the previous year. As reported by the institution, the accesses reached 2,892,937, a slight increase compared to 2017, with 2,824,404. It is the second best data since 2012, behind the brilliant 2016, with the temporary exhibition dedicated to El Bosco, which closed at 3,033,754 people. The daily average has been 7,992 visitors. April 30 was the day of greatest access: 13,830 people entered. This translates into about 19.2 million euros per ticket sale. In 2017, the collection reached 19.63 million euros.
The best month at the box office was April (as usual), with 279,722 visits, and the worst month, with 207,680. November and December, months in which the celebrations of the bicentennial were anticipated this 2019, have not registered a significant change in traffic between the halls of the museum. But the best data of the year is the growth of free admission: 1,444,399 visitors agreed without paying. Although it does not reach the 1,483,093 issued in 2016, it does improve the data for 2017 (with 1,373,546). That is, half of the visitors that passed for the Prado last year he did it for free, hence the drop in box office collections. By the way, 40.6% of the attendees are Spanish and 59.39% are foreigners.
The Reina Sofía Museum received 3,898,309 visitors, who happened to see the collection and the 18 temporary exhibitions organized in 2018. The figure is somewhat higher compared to 2017, when 3,880,812 people passed. 68% did it with free admission. From the museum they inform that of the total of visits, 1,694,296 accessed the main headquarters ("with special inflow during free hours, from Monday to Saturday, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm"), that is, less than half of the visits: 43.5% The Crystal Palace attended 1,641,160 people and 562,853 to Velazquez, in the Retiro Park, which indicates that 56.5% of the visits went through the free sites. institution, the exhibitions with the greatest public reception have been dedicated to Pessoa, Beatriz González, Dora García, Afal, Dado Ruso and Dorothea Tanning.
The figures of the visits to the state museums also grow: the 16 dependent institutions of the Ministry of Culture and Sports overcome for the first time the barrier of three million. Specifically, 3,013,998 people. It is a growth of 1.8% compared to the previous year. "This greater involvement of the public obeys, among other factors, to the best planning of exhibitions and quality programming for all types of visitors," they say from the portfolio directed by José Guirao. The most visited museums continue to be the National Archeology, above the 516,000 visitors, the Sephardic (more than 337,000) and the Altamira (more than 282,000 visits). The Sorolla Museum obtains historical record, with about 266,000 visits, 4% more than in 2017.
In addition, almost seven million people visited the centers and cultural and scientific exhibitions of last year in "La Caixa", which represents an increase of 17.5% compared to 2017. CaixaForum Madrid received more than 947,000 visitors in 2018, it is a growth of 52.1% compared to the previous year. The most successful exhibition It was Warhol. The mechanical art, the most visited of the last five years with more than 257,000 people.
In National Heritage also celebrate 2018, with a growth in visits of a 3.61% more. 3,530,132 people have visited the royal palaces and monasteries. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the most visited, with 1,552,481 visitors (2.28% more than in 2017). The Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial reaches 504,004 visitors. Next are La Granja and Riofrío with 354,452 people (28.46% more). 2,090,844 people have passed through the historic gardens and the Garden of the Prince of Aranjuez is the most seen. The most visited sample was Navarrete the Mute. Our Spanish Apeles in El Escorial, with 248,617 attendees at the Monastery of San Lorenzo. From National Heritage they have not provided the data of the Valley of the Fallen, whose data this 2018 pointed to a historical record before the exhumation of the dictator.