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08/08/02
Free Museums Post Huge Rise in Visitor Numbers
- Millions more visitors attracted after fees are scrapped

THE VICTORIA and Albert Museum has led a dramatic rise in visitor numbers since the start of this year.

Back in December 2001, entrance fees were dropped for most museums in the country following a government initiative and overall numbers have rocketed by 62 per cent in just seven months.

Even that astounding figure was dwarfed by the V and A which posted a 157 per cent increase. The Science Museum across Exhibition Road* in South Kensington chalked up a 82 per cent rise.

"These figures show that free admission makes a huge difference and has opened up the Museum again to many more people," said V and A director Mark Jones.

The overall percentage increase translates into 2.7 million extra people visiting museums over the first half and a bit of this year compared to last.

* The V and A, the Science and the nearby Natural History Museums comprise a wonderful trinity of museums in the South Kensington area. Visitors to London who fancy basing themselves within spitting distance are best advised to stay at The Gore hotel which is just round the corner.




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