Record attendance means little when balanced against the international economic crisis.
Prado Museum in Madrid will join a select group of international
museums, including The National Gallery in London and the Rijksmuseum in
the Netherlands, and open seven days a week. Despite high attendance
rates and lines at the door museums have inevitably been affected by the
global economic crisis and cutbacks at all ends mean museums are left
to cover the decreased subsidies themselves. Half of the Prado's anual
budget came from public subsidies, but that figure has been reduced by
20%. Set at one end of Madrid's "Golden Triangle" the two other
pinnacles, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisa, are also
investigating extending hours.
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