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Nobody Goes to Museums Anymore

By Rachelle Bowden on Jan 20, 2006 9:31PM

2005_01_energy.jpg.. or at least they go less than they used to? Or something? Wait, what's going on here? 9 out of the 10 largest museums in the city saw a decline in visitors last year, but one had a huge leap. The Museum of Science & Industry saw a 34% increase in attendance. People must have really liked that video game exhibit they had last year!

The increase in attendance was enough for Chicago to boast the overall museum attendance was up, even though it was really down everywhere except for the Museum of Science & Industry. Check it -

Museum Attendance Change
Chicago Historical Society -53%
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum -11%
Art Institute of Chicago -9%
DuSable Museum -5%
John G. Shedd Aquarium -3%
Field Museum -2%
Adler Planetarium -1%
Mexican Fine Arts Center -1%
Museum of Contemporary Art -1%
Museum of Science and Industry +34%

Photo inside Museum of Science & Industry via