OVER 11,000 people visited Limerick’s Hunt Museum last month, a year-on-year increase of over 32 per cent.
While footfall has been consistently good all year, the last four months have seen visitor numbers soar, and two major exhibitions examining recent Limerick history are being credited with drawing the crowds.
Director of the Hunt Museum Hugh Maguire says the response from the public has been fantastic.
In particular, he said the photographic exhibition by Limerick photographer Gerry Andrews brought in a “very diverse audience”.
“The exhibition brought in people who might not have been to a gallery before, and that’s always encouraging to see,” said Mr Maguire, whose mission since taking up his position has been to take the museum more accessible to the community.
The Ranks exhibition also drew thousands of visitors to the museum, while the Gerry Andrews photographic exhibition is now due to conclude on September 16, due to popular demand.
The second ‘Horse Outside’ has also been drawing a younger audience to the museum, after the life-size clay horse was designed by children from the Regeneration areas.
“We have had a packed schedule of events and are already putting ambitious plans in place for 2013, and the City of Culture 2014,” he said.
He joked that the bad weather may also be a force for good, as people flock in to escape the rain. The reduced entry fee of €5 has been maintained since last year, however entry is free to many of the exhibitions.