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Who pays for free admission to museums in the UK?

August 28, 2015

The Director of Derby Museums makes an impassioned plea for keeping free admission to museums.  However it is worth remembering most museums do not have free admission (its mainly restricted to national and local authority museums and the smallest of volunteer run organisations).  Indeed most independent museums (varying from your local volunteer run museum like Southend Pier Museum to a large visitor attraction like Beaulieu Motor Museum charge).

Its also true that museums that find it easier to charge admission or raise income (from corporate hire, retail or catering) are more likely to be in affluent areas or places that attract tourists.  While places like Derby tend to suffer more from public sector funding cuts and are not affluent.

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