|A market in history
||[Mar. 9th, 2004|11:40 am]
In 2001, 7.7 million visits were made to museums which charge. At the end of that year the Government abolished the charges. Last year, 13.3 million visits were made, to museums including the Victoria and Albert, the Science Museum, the National Railway Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Royal Armouries, and the Museum of Natural History. |
I think the Arts Minister Estelle Morris is right when she says
"when the obstacles to going - like admission charges - are swept away, the public has a huge and growing appetite for the best of our cultural heritage"
and I'm pleased to see that scrapping entry charges has worked. It also seems to have increased visits in general, with visits to museums which were already free only having fallen by 700,000 a year.
I'm sure it's just my cynicism that worries what happens when museums decide they are underfunded, perhaps admission charges will be reintroduced, but paid for with a loan that you repay after you leave the museum?