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31/01/01
Museum Entrance Fees to be Scrapped
- Government set to announce free entry next week

FREE entry is on the cards for all national museums in Britain after the government agreed a tax-break deal with curators. Key London sites such as the National History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums all come under the the new plan.

Although museums are keen to go back to free entry, many were worried that they would lose the ability to claim back Value Added Tax from the treasury if they had no entrance fee, costing each institution hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in revenue.

Details remain sketchy but Culture Ministry insiders now believe a deal has been struck that would soften the financial blow to museums of scrapping entrance charges.

The government's decision is expected to be confirmed next week, with museums moving towards free entry by next year.




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