Thank you for your interest in the fifth annual "National Visitation Survey for History Organizations," a project of the Public History Research Lab at the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). AASLH uses the data collected through this survey to produce the National Visitation Report, the only national effort to monitor and report on in-person visitation trends at history organizations in the United States. Through this research, AASLH strives to provide the history community with high-quality data and insights on the public’s engagement with our institutions. Your response is critically important. You can find reports from previous years here.

In order to complete this survey, you will need on-hand your visitation data for 2021 and 2022, as well as some additional information about your institution's budget and operations. There is also an optional section to report information about attendance at virtual programs and events. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The survey will close on March 15

Important! Before you begin the survey, please take a moment to ensure you are authorized to respond on behalf of your institution. Additionally, if your organization has multiple sites or locations to which there are visitors, please complete one questionnaire for each entity. For example, if you are a state historical society that manages a museum and a system of five historic sites, we ask that you report visitation for each individual historic site and museum separately. However, each institution is unique; if it is not possible to separate budget and visitation for individual entities as described above, a single entry is acceptable. Finally, the exact method for calculating in-person visitation varies slightly between various institutions. Please report the visitation numbers in whatever form you track them; if you changed your method of calculation between 2021 and 2021, please note that in a comment.


Responses to this survey are reported only in aggregate; individual responses will be kept confidential and categories with fewer than 5 responses will be excluded from public reports. AASLH staff may contact you if we have questions about your response. All respondents to the survey will receive free access to a report of our findings.

Thank you for participating. If you have any questions, please contact John Marks, Director of the AASLH Public History Research Lab (