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The British Museum in London is staying in the leading position of being the most popular visitor attraction in the UK, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

England’s capital also plays host to The National Gallery that has come in as the second most visited attraction according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), with the Southbank Centre finishing in third.

Scottish attractions have seen a 10% increase in their visitation numbers, partly because of the Commonwealth Games that had taken part in Glasgow the previous year.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow saw a 7.5% increase in visitation while the city’s Gallery of Modern Art had an increase of 8.8%, a more impressive surge in visitation was for the Riverside Museum of 41.8%.

There was also a 39% increase for the Scottish National Gallery, with the landmark exhibition ‘Generation: 25 Year of Contemporary Art in Scotland’ among the highlights.

The site tallied up the amount of visits each of the featured attractions received ranging from 2,414,860 for The Library of Birmingham to 6,695,213 for The British Museum on top.

An analysis from arts editor, Will Gompertz stated, “There are three major factors driving these numbers on a seemingly ever-upward curve.

“Number one is tourism. In many cases the amounts of domestic visitors has remained the same or decreased, but not those from overseas who continue to visit Britain in large numbers in a post-Olympics and Commonwealth Games tourism boom.

“Second is the event culture we live in. Museums and galleries have become masters of the mega-blockbuster: big, once-in-a-lifetime exhibitions like Matisse at Tate Modern or Rembrandt at the National Gallery that become must-see attractions.

“And thirdly, education. The vast majority of museums and galleries in the UK have developed excellent education departments over the last decade, who help shape the content towards schools and students.

“No institution is better at this than the British Museum, which attracts a large number of its domestic visits by offering well-packaged displays and exhibitions that tie-in directly to the school curriculum.”

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