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Highest attendance at arts and culture events, and museum visitorship since 2013, according to the 2020 Singapore Cultural Statistics (SCS).

Our arts and culture events and museums attracted record attendance and visitors in 2019, according to the 2020 Singapore Cultural Statistics (SCS). The 2020 SCS shows that the following were achieved in 2019:

A. Attendance at arts and cultural events reached all-time high of 15.6 million

  • Record attendance of 13.6 million at non-ticketed events
  • 2 million attendance at ticketed events

B. All-time high visitorship to institutions in the Museum Roundtable (MR) (comprising over 50 public and private museums and heritage galleries) at close to 9.6mil.

  • Visitorship to National Museums (including NHB museums, NGS and SAM’s programmes) and Heritage Institutions registered a new record high of close to 5.8mil visitors.

TICKETed attendance at Performing Arts events

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
1,946,322 1,812,697 1,911,266 2,195,014 1,991,950

Performing arts refer to folk, traditional, classical and contemporary forms of dance, music (pop/rock concerts included) and theatre. Ticketed attendance refers to attendance at performing arts events that require a ticket for entry. It includes tickets sold and complimentary tickets issued.

Source: National Arts Council and People's Association

non-ticketed Attendance at arts and culture events

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
9,017,614 9,536,519 11,308,550 11,435,517 13,647,967

Includes attendance at performing arts events organised and supported by the National Arts Council, Esplanade and the People's Association, and events organised by the National Heritage Board (NHB) such as the Singapore Night Festival and the Singapore Heritage Festival. The figure excludes incidental viewership and events where attendance figures are unable to be determined.

Source: National Arts Council, People's Association and National Heritage Board


2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
7,314,619 8,357,178 8,588,120 8,277,999 9,594,098

Total Museums Roundtable visitorship includes visitorship to both public and private museums and galleries.

Source: National Heritage Board


2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
3,803,291 5,119,976 5,416,324 5,386,651 5,777,502

Source: National Heritage Board, National Library Board, Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery Singapore



Last updated on 04 July 2023