Prado Museum Extends Hours to Offset Government Cutbacks
Record attendance means little when balanced against the international economic crisis.
The 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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