Why are more of us visiting art galleries?
26 June 2012 Last updated at 08:02 BST
Art galleries across England have seen visitor numbers grow steadily in recent years.
So it comes as no surprise that a new exhibition at Tate Liverpool, featuring paintings by Monet and Turner, is expected to be the biggest since it opened in 1988.
But whilst the names of famous artists do attract big crowds, some believe there are other reasons for the growing appeal of art.
Tim Muffett reports.