The crisis of museums (and culture) during the pandemic told with three charts

The crisis of museums (and culture) during the pandemic told with three charts

The pandemic hit hard on our places of culture. 2020 meant for museums, monuments and archaeological areas of our country the loss of 41.5 million visitors. More than 19 million paying visitors, which means 190 million gross euro of missing revenue.

From mandatory bookings to limited visit times, 2020 and this glimpse of 2021 did not smile at Italian museums. In terms of visitors and visitors, the costs have been made mainly by the Italian tourist and museum areas. Tuscany, region in which firenze stands out with its offizi, over 75.% the country 69.%the map shows visitors (paid and non-paying) and gross income per region over the last 4 years.

To deepen the analysis, by clicking on a region, you can open the provincial detail. From almost 55 million visitors in 2019 to only 13 million in 2020. This is the photograph generated by a year of pandemic, which has also put on its knees the Italian museums.

Numbers that translate into large sums of missing cash, passed from over 242 million to only 52 million in the last year, with a loss of 78.4%. A fact that has reversed a virtuous trend that has been recorded since the 1990s, which has seen a marked increase in visitors and revenues. In 1996 the Ministry of Cultural Heritage registered 25 million visitors and 52 million gross revenue.

In practice, the 2020 data brings us back to numbers over 20 years ago. Roma, its museums and archaeological areas lose more than 19 million visitors. 6.3 million lost visitors, of which 5.2 million paid, totalling 47.7 million gross euros of introductory waste.

The archaeological area of Pompeii loses more than 44 million gross euros, and more than 3 million visitors. Also firefighting facilities have hosted over 1.5 million tourists in less than during the previous year. The first months could instead record many similar numbers, if not lower, to those of 2020, which had excellent numbers in pre-pandemia, from January to March.

Because reopening means sharing, but they remain limited by a series of safety measures and the tourism sector which, like that of culture, still struggling to share.