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Museums and Galleries: Fees and Charges

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much income was generated by entrance fees by each of the national museums and galleries in each year between 1995-96 and the abolition of such charging in constant 2007-08 prices. (156709)

Table 1 shows the gross income generated by entrance fees to the national museums and galleries sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 1995-96 until 2001-02, in 2007-08 prices, and table 2 shows this income in cash terms. Free admission for all children to the charging national museums and galleries sponsored by the Department was introduced from 1 April 1999, and free admission for all those aged 60 and over became effective from 1 April 2000. The Victoria and Albert Museum reintroduced universal free admission on 22 November 2001. The other formerly charging museums that introduced universal free admission from 1 December 2001 were the Imperial War Museum (main site in Lambeth), Museum of London, Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, National Maritime Museum, National Museum of Science and Industry (Science Museum in London, and National Railway Museum in York), National Museums Liverpool, Natural History Museum (main London site and Tring branch) and Royal Armouries (Leeds and Fort Nelson sites).

Table 1: Gross income generated by entrance fees to the National Museums and Galleries sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport: 2007-8 prices

£

Museum/Gallery

1995-96

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

Imperial War Museum1

4,144,736

4,172,435

4,568,354

4,735,122

4,158,447

4,574,048

4,134,561

Museum of London

392,751

402,292

448,339

578,045

592,251

642,932

607,912

Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

604,219

845,053

690,835

974,116

718,425

616,215

780,205

National Maritime Museum

1,956,096

1,615,740

1,527,672

1,654,405

2,162,631

1,801,174

1,291,077

National Museum of Science and Industry2

4,367,830

4,542,214

4,714,580

4,999,342

3,897,864

3,662,548

2,782,048

National Museums Liverpool

399,546

337,872

647,600

705,115

555,617

403,725

296,510

Natural History Museum3

4,449,370

5,549,257

5,649,577

5,918,733

5,195,931

5,216,903

4,288,305

Royal Armouries4

54,360

64,419

76,639

105,892

561,722

611,629

383,325

Tate5

407,700

433,844

427,901

484,611

435,945

429,826

479,745

Victoria and Albert Museum6

199,227

1,617,839

2,842,518

3,039,332

2,181,340

2,846,197

1,666,651

1 Includes the Imperial War Museum at Lambeth and Duxford, the Cabinet War Rooms, and HMS Belfast.

2 Includes the Science Museum, South Kensington and the National Railway Museum, York.

3 Includes the Natural History Museum at South Kensington and Tring.

4 Figures for 1995-98 are for the Fort Nelson site only, because the Royal Armouries at Leeds was operated by Royal Armouries International (RAI) at that time. RAI ceased operating the Leeds site during 1999, therefore the figures from 1998-99 to 2001-02 include both Fort Nelson and Leeds.

5 Tate St. Ives. The figure for 1995-96 is estimated.

6 Includes the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington and the Theatre Museum. In 1995-96, South Kensington had free admission, but a voluntary donation of c. £4.50 was strongly suggested upon entry. Admission charges at South Kensington were introduced on 1 October 1996.

Note:

Figures from 1999-2000 to 2001-02 are estimated.

Source:

Prepared with information supplied by the sponsored national museums and galleries, and calculated with reference to the CDP Deflator Table published by HM Treasury.

Table 2: Gross income generated by entrance fees to the National Museums and Galleries sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

£

Museum/Gallery

1995-96

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

Imperial War Museum1

3,049,840

3,173,731

3,576,521

3,800,909

3,405,394

3,799,064

3,516,248

Museum of London

289,000

306,000

351,000

464,000

485,000

534,000

517,000

Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

444,605

642,783

540,848

781,928

588,325

511,809

663,527

National Maritime Museum

1,439,363

1,229,000

1,196,000

1,328,000

1,771,000

1,496,000

1,098,000

National Museum of Science and Industry2

3,214,000

3,455,000

3,691,000

4,013,000

3,192,000

3,042,000

2,366,000

National Museums Liverpool

294,000

257,000

507,000

566,000

455,000

335,322

252,168

Natural History Museum3

3,274,000

4,221,000

4,423,000

4,751,000

4,255,000

4,333,000

3,647,000

Royal Armouries4

40,000

49,000

60,000

85,000

460,000

508,000

326,000

Tate5

300,000

330,000

335,000

389,000

357,000

357,000

408,000

Victoria and Albert Museum6

146,598

1,230,597

2,225,380

2,439,689

1,786,321

2,363,964

1,417,408

1 Includes the Imperial War Museum at Lambeth and Duxford, the Cabinet War Rooms, and HMS Belfast.

2 Includes the Science Museum, South Kensington and the National Railway Museum, York.

3 Includes the Natural History Museum at South Kensington and Tring.

4 Figures for 1995-98 are for the Fort Nelson site only, because the Royal Armouries at Leeds was operated by Royal Armouries International (RAI) at that time. RAI ceased operating the Leeds site during 1999, therefore the figures from 1998-99 to 2001-02 include both Fort Nelson and Leeds.

5 Tate St. Ives. The figure for 1995-96 is estimated.

6 Includes the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington and the Theatre Museum. In 1995-96, South Kensington had free admission, but a voluntary donation of c. £4.50 was strongly suggested upon entry. Admission charges at South Kensington were introduced on 1 October 1996.

Note:

Figures from 1999-2000 to 2001-02 are estimated.

Source:

Prepared with information supplied by the sponsored national museums and galleries