A majority of American museums reported an increase in attendance 2009, in many cases despite a significant decline in funding.

This is the key finding from a survey of institutional members of the American Alliance of Museums (formerly American Association of Museums) conducted in January 2010. The survey reports statistical data related to attendance levels and museums response to the recession in relation to ticketing and attendance.

In a time of financial stress for museums and economic hardship for many of their users, museums have become increasingly important to the communities they serve.

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