Young people & museums

Children’s participation in cultural activities in Australia

In December the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the results of the survey into children’s participation in cultural and leisure activities.

Museums and art galleries

There were 995,200 children who visited a museum or art gallery during the 12 month period. The rate of attendance at museums or art galleries was similar for boys and girls (38% and 36% respectively). The attendance rate was the same for 5 to 8 and 9 to 11 year olds (40%) but lower (31%) for those aged 12 to 14 years. Children born overseas in main English-speaking countries were more likely to go to a museum or art gallery (48% attending) compared with those born in Australia (38%) and in non English-speaking countries (26%). Attendance at museums and art galleries ranged from 60% for children in the Australian Capital Territory to 32% for those in New South Wales.

There are also interesting figures on internet and computer usage amongst this age group in Australia.

The full report can be downloaded for free.