-The National Museum has announced that the entrance fee is now permanently free of charge
-The announcement coincided with President Duterte’s oath-taking rites
-The policy will be effective starting today, July 1st
The Board of Trustees of the National Museum has announced yesterday that entrance to its museums will now be permanently free of change starting today.
In a Facebook post, the National Museum confirmed that it will no longer charge museum visitors, Filipino or foreign, to its museums countrywide.
“A policy of free general admission has been established, effective July 1, 2016, by the Board of Trustees of the National Museum, in order to build upon significant spikes in viewership, especially among younger Filipinos, that have been observed in 2013-2015 and to date in 2016, when general admission has been made free of charge for various traditional reasons such as National Arts Month in February, National Heritage Month in May, and National Museums and Galleries Month in October,” the National Museum said.
The announcement coincided with President Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration in Rizal Hall in Malacanan who is known for his ‘change is coming’ campaign slogan.
In the past, the museum charge P50 for students, P150 for adults and P120 for senior citizens. Admission is usually free on Sundays.
In the past, National Museum is free of charge during and National Museums and Galleries Month in October and National Arts Month in February, National Heritage Month in May.
“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,” National Museum added.
Meanwhile, netizens quickly reacted to the announcement expressing their happiness and excitement. The post that has National Museum’s statement now has over 21,000 likes with more than 12,000 shares on Facebook.
“By this measure of free admission, which is supported, in terms of the nationwide operations of the Agency, by a solid institutional budget drawn ultimately from all Filipino taxpayers through the national budget, we hope to better achieve our goals, and fulfill general expectations, of serving as a true national museum institution dedicated to the benefit of the entire Filipino people and the wider world” writes the National Museum. -MR, Kami Media