Record Numbers Visit Barnsley Museums

It has been a record breaking year for Barnsley Museums as they have welcomed over 1.2M visitors to their five fantastic sites across the borough.

The increase in visitors has been driven by a combination of factors.  They include high profile exhibitions such as the family friendly, ‘Bears!’ at The Cooper Gallery and ‘May The Toys Be With You’ at Experience Barnsley as well as an action packed programme of exciting events such as ‘Man Engine’ and ‘Flavours Food Fest’ at Elsecar Heritage Centre and the Regency Ball at Cannon Hall.  Other reasons include featuring on national television programmes such as ‘Countryfile’, which really raised the profile of local attraction Worsbrough Mill.

Barnsley Museums continues to strive to attract more visitors through exciting events, exhibitions and festivals; many of which are free of charge. Through meaningful engagement with the residents of Barnsley and interesting projects they have become an integral part of the local community.

Sue Thiedeman, Head of Culture and Visitor Economy said:

We are absolutely delighted to have attracted over 1.2 million visitors from Barnsley and beyond to our attractions. Our mission is to provide interesting events and exhibitions for all, and to really highlight how wonderful the borough is and how lucky we are to have such special places to visit. To continually attract more visitors year on year is a huge achievement for Barnsley Museums and is testament to just how popular and important the venues are to the local community.