New data on UK Museum Closures between 2000–24 published the Mapping Museums Lab at Birkbeck and Kings College universities

This article was first published by Mapping Museums Lab.

At least 467 museums have closed in the UK since the beginning of the millennium. For organisations that aim at keeping their collections for posterity that figure may seem high, but it is important to realise that for most of the past twenty-four years, more museums have opened than closed. The sector is still bigger now than it was in 2000. The more pertinent question is which types of museums have closed and where?