MoMA Attendance Drops in 2011, the Met Sees Spike in Visitors

The Met.

Attendance to the Museum of Modern Art dropped 11 percent in 2011, while the Metropolitan Museum saw a record 5.6 million visitors, according to a report in Bloomberg about New York’s two biggest museums.

2009-2010 was a big year for MoMA, specifically because of two blockbuster exhibitions–“Tim Burton” and Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist is Present.” Bloomberg talks to Lisa Dennison, a Sotheby’s executive and former director of the Guggenheim, who says that the critically praised de Kooning retrospective that closed at MoMA this week was more “demanding” than the more popular Burton show, which was largely a critical bomb.

As for the Met, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” brought 660,000 visitors through the door. It was the museum’s eighth-most-popular exhibition ever.

Both museums had a surplus last year, which didn’t stop either of them from raising admission to $25, though the Met’s is still “suggested.”