Should mu­se­ums charge en­try fees?

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

@ sarsar242 They should be free. His­tory be­longs to ev­ery­one and should be ac­ces­si­ble to all @ el­lowry Na­tional mu­se­ums should. They have huge in­ter­na­tional ap­peal with vis­i­tors who would think noth­ing of pay­ing for con­certs or other en­ter­tain­ment at­trac­tions. The rev­enue should be rein­vested into provin­cial mu­se­ums @ red­marsris­ing As a tourist I was amazed at the gal­leries and mu­se­ums in Lon­don I could get into for free. I would have made a do­na­tion, but in sev­eral places I didn’t see any­where to do that. You could start by say­ing do­na­tions are wel­come! @His­to­ryLiv I pre­vi­ously worked in mu­se­ums and no, they shouldn’t charge. They are the heart of a com­mu­nity and part of the life­long learn­ing that is a right for ev­ery­body @ inkandowls As a stu­dent, I wouldn’t be able to af­ford to visit mu­se­ums if many weren’t free Tom Ge­orge Cad­dick Charg­ing even a small fee is a slip­pery slope, and could lead to a sit­u­a­tion found in the US, where mu­se­ums be­come a pri­vate en­ter­prise and be­gin to charge a for­tune for en­try. This in­evitably leads to them be­com­ing once again the prov­ince of the elite @Tra­cyEn­right81Our chil­dren love mu­se­ums, and we go to our lo­cal his­tory mu­seum at least once a month. But if they charged we wouldn’t be able to af­ford it. It should be a treat be­cause it ex­pands your mind and feeds your in­ter­est, not be­cause it’s some­thing you can rarely af­ford Stephen Ka­dle Some mu­se­ums are so small and not heav­ily funded by gov­ern­ment that en­trance fees help pay for salaries and the stor­age of ob­jects, as well as the in­stal­la­tion of new ex­hibits Jan Arch­bold When I was a sin­gle par­ent with two small chil­dren, we some­times couldn’t af­ford a day out. How­ever, free en­try to mu­se­ums and gal­leries meant we could have fun, in­ter­est­ing, ac­tiv­i­ties with­out spend­ing much-needed money @ Gabe55Gabe En­try should be free, but gen­tly in­vite do­na­tions in a low-key way so those who can’t af­ford it don’t feel pres­surised

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