By Joe Collins
The Arts Council (in A review of research and literature on museums and libraries September 2011) estimated that there are 1,600 museums in England. Thinking that there maybe more I counted the number listed on Wikipedia.
Wikipedia listed 2,728 museums in England. Maybe the Arts Council is under estimating the size of the museums sector. Alternatively they maybe using a more demanding definition than the Wikipedians are using of what a museum is.
And no, I didn’t count them by hand, I got a computer to do it for me (Museum Mapping Project).