Meijer Gardens ranks 45th most-visited art museum worldwide

Meijer Gardens' Cook Entryway. Photo by Michael Moran

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park‘s 2021 visitor attendance placed it 45th among the 150 most-visited art museums in the world.

The museum and botanical garden saw 550,135 visitors in 2021. Attendance grew 112% from 2020, according to The Art Newspaper’s annual visitor figures.

“We are extremely honored to rank so highly compared with other world-class organizations,” said David Hooker, president and CEO, Meijer Gardens.

Meijer Gardens is home to 158 acres of outdoor sculptures, including “The American Horse,” an amphitheater and gardens for children and adults to explore and learn. The museum is famous for its annual “Butterflies Are Blooming” exhibit, which showcases 7,000 free-flying butterflies of 60 different species in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. Meijer Gardens also offers indoor art exhibits and sculpture for viewing, as well as a library and virtual and in-person learning for people of all ages.

Meijer Gardens steadily has been expanding since its opening in 1995. Most recently, the museum gained a new welcome center and learning center to accommodate growing visitor numbers. The ongoing need for expansion, according to Director of Communications John VanderHaagen, is validated by the museum’s inclusion on the top 150 list.

“We are grateful for the overwhelming support of not only the West Michigan community but visitors from around the world,” VanderHaagen said. “We are thankful that people are visiting Meijer Gardens to find inspiration and peace amid everything that has been going on in the world over the past few years.”

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