Pena National Palace in Sintra was the most visited in 2019

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In the statistical yearbook dedicated to Culture, INE reveals that Portuguese museums, palaces and monuments registered 19.8 million visitors in 2019, 1.5% more than in 2018, and that more than half of these visitors (52.3% ) were foreigners.

Despite not discriminating individually the number of entries, INE reveals the five most visited monuments, museums and palaces in 2019, in that order: Pena National Palace (Sintra), Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Porto), Berardo Collection Museum (Lisbon), Museu Tesouro da Sé do Porto and the National Palace of Sintra.

These five cultural spaces together received 5.3 million visitors, of which 71.5% were foreign visitors. None of these five spaces is under the responsibility of the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC), the organization that registered 4.6 million visitors to the museums, monuments and palaces it oversees in 2019, according to data revealed last April.

On the DGPC list, the Jerónimos Monastery (Lisbon) was the most visited cultural space in 2019, with 1,096,283 entries, followed by the Belém Tower (Lisbon), with 427,235 entries, and the Batalha Monastery, with 416,793 visitors.

INE counted the existence of 662 museums, palaces and monuments in operation in 2019, but for statistical purposes only 436 were considered, as they meet several criteria, among which are that they have at least one exhibition room, are open to the public, have budget and inventory.

Of the total of 19.8 million visitors in 2019, it should also be noted that two million (about 10%) were inserted in school groups.

Checking by regions, 47.7% of visitors concentrated on museums located in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon and 30.4% in the North region.

The balance sheet revealed today by the INE also indicates that those 436 museums, monuments and palaces considered for statistics had, in 2019, 20.5 million goods in its collection, which represents the entry of more 675,100 goods compared to 2018.

In 2019, 4,568 real estate were classified, of which 3,472 were monuments, 568 were joint and 526 sites. Last year, there were 826 real estate classified as National Monuments.

In terms of work, in 2019 there were 5,015 people working in museums, palaces and monuments, an increase of 3.9% compared to 2018.

Of this total, 33.5% were conservatives or senior technicians. The number of volunteers in the museums considered by INE was 473 people in 2019.

INE also reveals that, in 2019, there were 989 art galleries and temporary exhibition spaces, which promoted 6,959 exhibitions by 56,424 authors, with a particular focus on Painting and Photography.

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