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Change is coming to Nat’l Museum: Free admission starting July 1

/ 07:48 PM June 30, 2016
The National Museum in Ermita, Manila, is waiving its entrance fee starting July 1. JILSON SECKLER TIU/PDI

The National Museum is waiving its entrance fee starting July 1. JILSON SECKLER TIU/PDI

The board of trustees of the National Museum announced on Thursday that starting July 1, admission to its museums nationwide would be permanently free of charge to all visitors.

The waiving of the entrance fee is said to “build upon significant spikes in viewership, especially among younger Filipinos.”

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General admission is usually free of charge during National Arts Month in February, National Heritage Month in May, and National Museums and Galleries Month in October.

“Enhancing universal access by all Filipinos to what we proudly exhibit as our national patrimony and heritage has always been a primary concern, and with this new policy we hope to reach more people than ever before, both by encouraging visits to our museums, and by bringing the National Museum’s programs and resources to communities throughout the national capital and all the regions of our archipelago,” the National Museum said on its announcement through its Facebook page.

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“We hope to better achieve our goals of serving as a true national museum institution dedicated to the benefit of the entire Filipino people and the wider world.”

The museum used to charge P50 for students, P120 for senior citizens, and P150 for adults, and implemented free admission during Sundays.

The National Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. RC

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