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Museum Attendance Down in 2010

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 25, 2011 9:40PM

The Sun-Times reports that attendance at area museums and zoos was down 3 percent over 2009. Which probably explains the spate of free days that kicked off 2011 at the Art Institute and other museums.

The reasons for the decline are — what else — the economy. A leveling off at the Art Institute occurred last year after the '09 opening of its Modern Wing. You can also read the handy PDF of the attendance comparisons here.