France to test free museums

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24 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - Fourteen French museums and chateaux including the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts will offer free entry from January 1 as part of a trial hoped to bring about a cultural revival, officials said Tuesday.

24 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - Fourteen French museums and chateaux including the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts will offer free entry from January 1 as part of a trial hoped to bring about a cultural revival, officials said Tuesday.

Paris' Cluny Museum of Mediaeval Art and Arts and Crafts Museum are also taking part in the six-month test, along with the Archaeology Museum of Saint Germain en Laye, Bourget Space Museum and Renaissance Museum in Ecouen, all three outside Paris, Culture Minister Christine Albanel said.

Eight other museums and chateaux in the provinces will drop entry fees, including the Marine Museum in southeastern Toulon and the National Porcelaine Museum in central Limoges.

In Paris, the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Pompidou modern art museum and the new Quai Branly museum of tribal arts will take limited part in the trial, each opening for free to 18- to 25-year-olds one night of the week.

The programme, first announced last July, aims to make France's cultural treasures more accessible to its citizens, hopefully drawing visitors from poorer and less educated backgrounds.

The six-month test period will allow the government to measure the popularity of the programme and also consider ways to make up the cost of lost admission tickets.

In the meantime, each establishment will receive compensation worth an estimated 2.2 million euros (three million dollars), Albanel said.

AFP

Subject: French news

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