France Is Trying Free Museum Admission
France is proceeding with an experiment in free admission at 18 national museums in an effort to entice more French to visit them, Reuters reported.
Until June 30, some of the museums, including the Louvre in Paris, will offer free admission to their permanent collections while others will offer it to visitors under 26 one night a week. Normally the entrance fees range from $9 to $12. "French museums are ready for more visitors, and we hope to draw in a new public, especially young people, said Christine André, a spokeswoman for the Culture Ministry's museum arm. "It's a question of money for some people." Foreign tourists, who make up three-quarters of the visitors between the ages of 18 and 25, will also benefit from the experiment. Ms. André said, "If the French start seeing long lines in front of the museums, they'll start to tell themselves: 'Hey, foreigners are taking advantage of this. We'd be morons not to.' " Museum attendance in Britain has risen 50 percent since free admission was introduced there in 2001.
By The New York Times
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