The year 2017 has been exceptional for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao thanks to the public’s avid support during the year it commemorated its 20th Anniversary. Both the number of visitors who came to see the exhibitions and the massive attendance at the events to celebrate the Anniversary with citizens, coupled with the strong public participation in the TopARTE cultural activity program and the recognitions it received this year, all point to the Museum’s robust health and the appeal it still holds after two decades of history.
1,322,611 people visited the Museum in 2017, 13% more than in 2016—which, in turn, was the second-best year in its history—meaning a total of 153,207 more visitors. This year the Museum has overtaken the record figure of 1998, with 15,411 more visitors.
Bearing in mind their place of origin, just as in previous years there was a high percentage of visitors from abroad (62% of the total), primarily from France (16%), Great Britain (7%), Germany (5%), the United States (5%), and Italy (4%). Local visitors from the Basque Country accounted for 21% of the total, 10% more than the previous year, while the number of visitors from the rest of Spain was 17%.
For more information on the figures for the year 2017, please, consult the attached press release.