Museums for one euro

10th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Culture Minister is releasing one million euros to allow youngsters aged less than 26 to visit museums for only one Euro.

Flemish Culture Minister Bert Anciaux (progressive regionalist) is releasing one million euros to allow youngsters aged less than 26 to visit museums for only one Euro.

The measure applies in 20 Flemish museums.

The museums include ones in Antwerp, Ghent (East Flanders), Bruges, Ostend (West Flanders) and Tongeren (Limburg).

The new ticket price is being introduced on 1 July.

The museums concerned attract two million visitors a year, a quarter of this total are youngsters under 26.

Half of these youngsters only visit the museum because it's part of a school trip.

Mr Anciaux wants to boost the numbers of youngsters who decide to go on their own accord.

The Flemish Culture Minister is hoping for a three-fold increase in the 60,000 youngsters who currently visit a museum.

Mr Anciaux says that a target of 200,000 young visitors must be attainable.

Agreements are planned with municipal museums in the Brussels Region to get the new ticket prices also introduced in the big Brussels museums.

The Culture Minister says that the ticket price should also apply to foreign youngsters.

Figures show that at present 40% of youngsters never set foot in a museum.

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