The National Museums of Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen they have tripled, in the case of the first two, and doubled in the case of the last, their visitor numbers in this first half of 2022 compared to the same period of the previous year.
In the case of Prado, the art gallery has reached 1.1 million visitors in these first six months of the year, exceeding in the last three months -April, May and June- the figure of 200,000 visitors.
In the first half of 2021, still with some restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, a total of 332,204 visitors were registered, according to Europa Press on the museum’s page that periodically offers this data.
In the case of Reina Sofia Museum, its headquarters has reached 575,102 visitors in this first half of 2022, a figure higher than the 173,851 people who attended in the same months of 2021. In addition, with the free Retiro venues -Palacio de Cristal and Palacio de Velázquez- -, the data will skyrocket: it exceeds 433,400 visitors in 2021 –with the palaces closed for two months– to 1.4 million people in 2022.
As for the Thyssen, in these first six months it has gathered at its headquarters in Paseo del Prado to 513,976 –April being the month with the best results, exceeding 100,000 people–, compared to 235,411 visitors in 2021. As relevant data, the museum already includes in the visits figures reached by the Carmen Thyssen collection, which since February has gathered 164,429 people, according to data provided to Europa Press.
It should be remembered that these museums already increased their visitor numbers last Easter —in some cases, above 100% compared to 2021— and showed signs of leaving behind the drop in figures recorded in the last two years due to restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Thus, the Prado National Museum reached in those four days of Easter practically the total number of visits received in the month of April of the year 2021, with 61,328 people then. Meanwhile, visitors to the headquarters of the Reina Sofía Museum (without the Retiro Palaces) rose 151% in 2022 compared to last year and in the Thyssen, from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April 2022, 16,680 visitors were received — for the 11,541 visitors in 2021–.