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Maintain free entry to major museums and galleries

Last updated: 11:06am 18 January 2019

We will maintain free entry to the permanent collections of our major national museums and galleries.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.25

Our verdict

Free admission was introduced by devolved nation administrations on 1st April 2001, and to English national museums on 1st December 2001.

Currently, the UK has many free museums and galleries including the British Museum, the Imperial War Museums, the National Museums Liverpool, the Museum of London, the National Portrait Gallery, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool and the National Gallery.

This policy promises to “maintain” free entry, and under this government no major national museums or galleries have begun charging visitors, so this one is ‘done’. We’ll keep monitoring for any changes that could break this promise. Follow this policy for updates.

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