Visitors Flock to Museums after Charges Scrapped; Free Exhibitions Hailed a Great Success
Byline: CHRIS BROWN
THE number of visitors to museums on Merseyside has doubled over the last three years.
Since entry fees were scrapped in 2001, the number of people going to National Museums Liverpool has risen by 96%.
Government figures released last night show there have been 6m more visits to England's national museums and galleries which used to charge admission fees.
Three years after the turnstiles were removed, visits are up 75% nationally.
David Fleming, National Museums Liverpool director said: ``It is fantastic that so many more people are currently enjoying our museums and galleries.
``Our great temporary exhibitions programme provides something different to see, however many times you visit, and next year looks set to be another bumper year with exhibitions like Liverpool to New York: the only way to cross at the Maritime Museum - and it's all free. ''
In the financial year 2000/01 the museums had 710, 375 visitors.
In the financial year 2003/04, this had risen to 1. 5m Culture secretary Tess a Jowell said: ``Today's figures are incredible.
``Free entry for everyone to our national museums is a cornerstone of this Government's cultural policy. …