Today the Dutch parliament debated making entrance to some national museums free, as in the United Kingdom. Dutch Culture and Science Secretary Medy van der Laan said that attendance of British museums may have increased, but those are simply the same people visiting more often. He also argued that if the number of visitors of free museums goes up, then those at museums that are not free will go down.
Van der Laan said that offering free entrance to museums will only have a positive effect when all museums in the country participate. Otherwise the museums that are forced to charge entrance fees will suffer from unfair competition.
This weekend is Museumweekend 2006 in the Netherlands, an annual festival where many museums across the country are either free or offer a discount. We plan to visit some nice museums this weekend and are already planning a route. 🙂
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