Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, ca. 1857-1858. George Eastman House,

Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House,

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

Museums and data

  • The Association of Art Museum Directors has released an “Art Museums by the Numbers” report, and it’s full of interesting facts. For example, did you know the average art museum spends $53.17 per visitor, but collects only $7.93 in admission fees and sales?
  • Museums are now tracking how fast visitors move through the galleries and which pieces draw the greatest crowds through a new form of data mining technology: digital beacons.
  • Hopefully that information can help combat the continuing drop in arts attendance in the US that the National Endowment for the Arts is reporting.

Art and worship