Illinois museums rake in the cash for the state and employ over six thousand Illinoisans, serving 21 million visitors per year.
That includes 3.4 million school children and just under 200 thousand teachers. The overall economic impact to the state – around $2 billion annually.
The findings are from the Illinois Museums’ Economic Impact Statement released during the annual I.A.M. Day held this month.
Donna Sack, Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Museums says the venues are a significant pull to international and out of state visitors, and to the many Illinoisans who visit them.