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Greece Museum Visits Down 89.4% in January – April 2021

Photo Source: @National Archaeological Museum of Athens

The number of visitors to Greece’s museums dropped 89.4 percent between January and April 2021, said the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

According to the results of ELSTAT’s monthly survey with data on visitor numbers and generated receipts from tickets sales at museums and archaeological sites for April, the number of visitors to Greece’s sites over the four-month January-April 2021 period dropped by 89.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

In the same months, receipts generated by ticket sales fell by 90.9 percent due to the suspension of operations at archaeological sites from 14 March to 17 May 2020 and from 7 November 2020 to 21 March 2021. The number of free admission visitors decreased by 84.9 percent.

According to the survey, museums under suspension due to Covid-19 precautionary measures in the 14 March-16 June 2020 period and again from 1 November 2020 to 13 May 2021 were also closed in April 2020 and April 2021.

Archaeological Museum of Thebes. Photo Source: Archaeological Museum of Thebes

Photo Source: Archaeological Museum of Thebes

Archaeological sites suspending operations from 14 March 2020 to 17 May 2020 and from 7 November 2020 to 21 March 2021 also did not open in April 2020 but operated in April 2021.

Over the four-month, January-April 2021 period, museums remained closed due to Covid measures from 1 November 2020 to 13 May 2021, ELSTAT said.

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