There were some 26.5 million visits made to Dutch museums in 2013, a 3.3 million rise on 2012, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday.
The surge is partly due to the reopening of the Rijksmuseum and modern art Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam, both of which had been closed for renovations for a lengthy period.
However, while the big museums, with more than 100,000 visitors a year, were profitable, on average smaller museums lost money, the CBS said. The organisation looked at the financial results of 799 museums all over the country.
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