Liverpool’s World Museum was England’s most visited museum outside of London in 2018 thanks to the landmark Terracotta Warriors display.
According to new figures the exhibition, which attracted more than 610,000 visitors, pushed the venue up 30 places in the list of the UK’s top 100 visitor attractions for the year.
As well as the success of the ‘China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors’ showcase, National Museums Liverpool has also seen footfall rise at its waterfront Museum of Liverpool with the success of the currently extended ‘Double Fantasy: John & Yoko’ exhibition.
The data compiled by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) shows the venue to be the year’s third most visited museum outside of London.
Meanwhile Merseyside Maritime Museum was the fourth most visited in England outside of the capital, attracting 897,415 visitors.
The top 100 attractions list for 2018 places the World Museum in 23rd position; with Museum of Liverpool, which climbed nine places, reaching 37th place and the Mersey Maritime Museum making it to number 43.
The Walker Art Gallery, which hosted popular exhibitions last year including ‘Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins’ and the biannual John Moores Painting Prize, also climbed 15 places up the chart to enter the top 100 at number 92.
In addition, the International Slavery Museum featured at number 85.
With National Museums Liverpool hailing 2018 as its busiest year ever, having welcomed 4,114,135 visitors across all eight of its venues, director Laura Pye says: “The museums and galleries of National Museums Liverpool are bursting with brilliant objects, incredible stories and memorable moments, and in 2018 we were able to take it to another level with a really vibrant program, including some exceptional exhibitions.
“We hope to build on this success for 2019 and in the years to come. We have just opened Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style at the Walker Art Gallery, which has already welcomed more than 5,000 people, and proving to be another ‘must-see’ exhibition.”
ALVA represents the UK’s largest visitor attractions and the 2018 list includes theme parks, zoos, stately homes as well as museums and galleries.