The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is reporting an attendance of 685,000 visitors in 2011, up 41 percent from 2009. The reason is surely the opening of the dinosaur hall last summer, and the ancient mammals hall in 2010. The increase suggests that the fossil creatures are drawing about 200,000 extra visitors a year.
In comparison, MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” had 201,352 visitors (some of them free, via Banksy-sponsored Free Mondays), and its 2002 Andy Warhol blockbuster had 195,000.
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