Art Fund is championing wellbeing through an inspiring call to action: to take time back to do what really matters to you, and to consider museums and galleries as a great option.
Our research reveals that 63% of us have visited a museum or gallery as a way to ‘de-stress’, and 51% of us want to go more often – but only 6% of us visit at least once a month.
This suggests that museums and galleries are a great untapped resource.
In our research, people who say they regularly visit museums and galleries report a greater sense of satisfaction with their lives than those who never go.
And when we encouraged people to visit more regularly, they recorded a range of benefits – from discovering new topics to talk about with friends to finding moments of calm.
The research supports Paul Dolan’s (Professor of Behavioural Science at LSE) idea that taking 30 minutes a day for a leisure activity – a wellbeing allowance – can work wonders in helping us manage the stresses of modern life.