Banksy exhibition draws big crowd

Exhibition breaks museum visitor record

CHARLIE GATES
Last updated 14:21 27/12/2013

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Canterbury Museum's street art exhibition has broken visitor records.

The exhibition opened last Friday and is part of the RISE street art festival, which also features large artworks around the central city.

The museum is exhibiting one of the largest private collections of Banksy artworks in the world, work by international and local street artists, and new work by Australian artist Ian Strange.

The exhibition enjoyed one of the busiest opening three days in Canterbury Museum history.

About 7500 people visited from Friday to Sunday, compared with about 5000 for the same period last year and about 4000 for the first three days of the World of Wearable Art show in December 2011.

Museum director Anthony Wright said the visitor numbers were unusually high.

"It is amazing," he said. "It was good weather and we generally have lower numbers on fine weather days."

The exhibition closes on March 23.

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