Huntington does rank in top 100 museums worldwide for 2010 attendance
After publishing its annual survey of the most-attended museums and museum exhibitions in its April issue, the periodical has just published a correction to say that the Huntington was -- for no particular reason noted -- left off its top-100 list.
With 2010 attendance of 564,595, the Huntington would have come in at No. 88, ranking above the Seattle Art Museum and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
(Yes, the Huntington number includes all visitors, including those who skipped the galleries altogether in favor of the Japanese gardens. But the question of how much time people actually spend looking at art, as opposed to say garden perennials or cafe menus, is hard to ascertain for any institution.)
On another note, some readers who saw The Times' article about L.A. museums lagging behind their counterparts elsewhere expressed curiosity about the Norton Simon in Pasadena. A museum spokesperson reports that its attendance for 2010 was 167,793, which is comparable to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Photo: The Huntington mansion in 2010. Credit: Rick Loomis / For the Times.