Gallery claims a whole Canberra worth of visitors

johnboy 2 October 2013

national gallery

The National Gallery have announced the results of this year’s blockbusters:

The National Gallery of Australia today announced that the Turner from the Tate: The Making of Master exhibition attracted 153, 627 visitors from all over Australia to Canberra, bringing the total number of visitors to the Gallery’s two major exhibitions this year to 323,828.

The exhibition closed on Sunday 15 September 2013, after being extended for an additional week allowing many more people to visit the exhibition. Holding a major exhibition during the winter months gave visitors another reason to visit Canberra and provided the tourism industry an additional boost during the usually quieter winter season.

Ron Radford, Director of the National Gallery of Australia said today, ‘The Turner from the Tate exhibition attracted 153,627 visitors from across Australia, with almost 70% travelling from interstate to Canberra, and injecting an estimated $34 million into the ACT economy.’

‘We have never before held back-to-back blockbuster exhibitions.

It has been a challenging but rewarding experience for the Gallery and we are pleased that it has benefited Canberra’s economy. We’re also very pleased that the cold weather did not discourage people from visiting Canberra to see Turner from the Tate.’

‘The total estimated economic impact for the ACT from the staging of Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris and the Moulin-Rouge and Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master amounts to $70 million.’

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