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Happy 10th birthday to London’s free museums

Posted at 3:00 pm, December 1, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

Natural History Museum, (c) chachachapstick

It was 10 years ago today that London’s biggest museums abandoned their entrance fees – and began providing their cultural delights to Londoners and visitors for free.

One of the Department of Culture, Media & Sport’s more inspired ideas, funding was provided to more than 20 London museums, allowing them to offer free access to all. While some, like the British Museum, were already free, others, including the V&A and Natural History Museum (pictured above) were open-access for the first time. The result? A decade later, 151% more visitors enjoy them each year, while numbers at those never-before-free venues have more than doubled.

Not to mention that while New Yorkers must part with a cool £16 to mosy around their Museum of Modern Art, our own Tate Modern‘s main collection costs zip, zero, nada to enjoy.

Check out our guide to London’s free museums.

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