More than 160,000 people visited the Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, injecting an estimated $33.5 million into the ACT economy.
The exhibition opened on December 6 and the gallery said it attracted 160,647 visitors from across Australia before it closed on Easter Monday, April 21.
It was the gallery’s fifth highest attended exhibition in the past 13 years.
The gallery’s director, Ron Radford, said almost 68 per cent of the visitors travelled from interstate to Canberra for the exhibition, capping off three back-to-back “blockbusters” staged by the gallery for the Canberra Centenary year, drawing a total of 484,475 visitors.
“The total estimated economic impact for the ACT from the staging of Toulouse-Lautrec and Turner from the Tate and Gold and the Incas amounts to over $103 million, and we are very pleased these world-class exhibitions have delivered so much value to the ACT economy,” he said.
The Incan exhibition featured more than 200 works of art and was the first comprehensive exhibition of ancient Peruvian art staged in Australia, the gallery said.