Why museums have become our home from home : People are visiting our galleries and museums at a startling rate. Is it the cafés, the absence of swearing... maybe even the art? ///
"...So, here's theory No1: museum numbers are up, because, quite suddenly, museums aren't much like museums.
This is what you might call the “dumbing up” theory. In other words, museum numbers are up because people are getting cleverer. (opposite to the dumbing down theory)
That brings me to theory No3. Museum numbers are up because museums are safe. “They attract only a certain type of person, let's face it,” says Margaret Child, 79, from Essex, visiting the National with a group of older ladies and then heading off to see Sunset Boulevard: “In any museum, do you ever hear the F-word?
Free entry has a huge amount to do with this. That should probably be Theory 4, the credit-crunch theory.
People are flocking to museums because museums are the best public space we have..."