Prado Museum Loses Visitors in 2010 but More Students and Tourists Visit the Museum

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MADRID.- The Museo del Prado, in 2010, concluded the third consecutive year surpassing the 2.7 million annual visitors, a figure that was reached for the first time since the opening of its expansion. The final number of visitors received by the Museum during this year, 2,732,000, has been almost equal to that recorded in 2009, 2,764,155, and in 2008, 2,759,029 the first full year period of the expansion in full operation. As for the reasons to visit, a 57.58% of the total audience visited the permanent collection only, while the remaining 42.42% came to the Museum to visit the temporary exhibitions. Among the data to highlight in terms of different types of visitors, it should be noted that visits by groups of students in 2010 not only did not decline compared to 2009 but have seen an increase, by number of participants, 18% which seems to confirm the interest of the ‘la Caixa’ • Museo del Prado “The art of educatio