Rome, Apr 2. (EFE) .- The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, central Italy, reported today that it received a total of 1,206,175 visitors in 2020, representing a drop of 72.5%, due to restrictions due to the coronavirus.
The director of the Uffizi, the German Erik Schmidt, explained in a telematic press conference with a group of journalists from the foreign press the abysmal difference in visits in 2020 compared to the 4,391,895 people who visited this museum in 2019.
Still, the Florentine gallery was the seventh most visited museum in the world in 2020, just behind Madrid’s Reina Sofía, a rise of “practically two points over the previous year,” Schmidt said.
He specified that to understand this figure one must be “aware that this is an extraordinary situation” that depends on the “dynamics of the pandemic” in each country.
Despite the situation, Schmidt highlighted some “positive effects” of the last year, such as “the involvement of the local, regional and national public” regarding the international mass tourism that represented the majority of visits until the pandemic.
He also valued the “involvement of young people” with a growth in visits from those under 25 years of age after the Italian influencers Martina Socrate and Chiara Ferragni walked through the museum and with their photos on social networks aroused the interest of students .
From the beginning of June to the beginning of August 2020, the period in which these visits took place, minors represented 34.6% of the total visits, while in the same period of 2019 they were 27.7% of the total.
For Schmidt, in the perspective of the world after the pandemic “it will not be enough to open museums passively”, but it will be necessary “to reflect and turn museums into production centers for cultural research and also as educational centers.”
For this reason, he concluded that the future of the museum is to “offer hybrid educational content precisely to reach not only the youngest people, but also people who do not have the opportunity to come.”
“A new aspect of distance education so that visits can be made that replace the traditional school visits,” he added.
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