Table 7-6
Visits to informal science and other cultural institutions, by country/region: Most recent year
(Percent)
 
Institution United
States
(2008)
China
(2007)
Japan
(2001)
South
Korea
(2008)
India
(2004)
Malaysia
(2008)
EU
(2005)
Brazil
(2010)
 
Zoo/aquariuma 52 52 43 36 35 30 27 22
Natural history museum 28 14 19 NA NA NA NA NA
Science/technology museumb 27 17 12 11 12 11 16 8
Public libraryc 64 41 46 34 27 NA 34 29
Art museumd 34 18 34 34 22 30 23 14
 

NA = not available, question not asked

EU = European Union; data not available for Bulgaria and Romania

a"Zoo, aquarium, botanic garden" for China; "Zoo" for India, Malaysia, Brazil.
b"Science museum" for South Korea; "Science parks" for India; "National Science Centre" for Malaysia; "Science museums or technology museums or science centers" for EU.
c"Library" for India, Brazil.
d"Art museum or exhibition hall" for China; "Museum/art gallery" for South Korea; "Museum" for India, Malaysia.

NOTES: Responses to (United States, Japan, South Korea) I am going to read you a short list of places and ask you to tell me how many times you visited each type of place during the last year, that is, the last 12 months (percentage includes those who visited each institution one or more times); (China, EU, Brazil) Which of the following have you visited in the last 12 months? (multiple answers possible); (Malaysia) In the past year, how many times did you visit the following places? (percentage includes those who visited each institution one or more times); (India) How frequently did you visit the following during the last 12 months? (percentage includes those who visited each institution one or more times).

SOURCES: United States–University of Chicago, National Opinion Research Center, General Social Survey (2008); China–Chinese Association for Science and Technology/China Research Institute for Science Popularization, Chinese National Survey of Public Scientific Literacy (2007); Japan–National Institute of Science and Technology Policy/Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Survey of Public Attitudes Toward and Understanding of Science and Technology in Japan (2001); South Korea–Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity (formerly Korea Science Foundation), Survey of Public Attitudes Toward and Understanding of Science and Technology (2008); India–National Council of Applied Economic Research, National Science Survey (2004); Malaysia–Malaysian Science and Technology Information Center/Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Survey of the Public's Awareness of Science and Technology: Malaysia (2008); EU–European Commission, Eurobarometer 224/Wave 63.1: Europeans, Science and Technology (2005); Brazil–Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil, Public Perceptions of Science and Technology (2010). See appendix table 7-6 for U.S. trends.

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