Department for Culture Media and Sport
Free entry for everyone to England's national museums is a central part of our cultural policy.
Since the introduction of universal free access in December 2001, visits to the national museums in England that used to charge for entrance have increased by 151%.
This was the ninth and most successful year of the free admission policy, with 18 million visits to museums that used to charge.
In London, visits to museums that used to charge were up by over 152%, including
In the regions, visits to these museums increased by 148%, including
Visits to national museums which have always been free - such as the British Museum, National Gallery and Tate - rose by 22% over the same period.
|Museum||2000/01||2010/11||% change since 2000/01|
|Imperial War Museum (London)||661,804||1,095,442||65.52%|
|Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester||287,814||638,347||121.79%|
|National Maritime Museum||799,777||2,433,163||204.23%|
|National Museums Liverpool||710,210||2,622,228||269.22%|
|National Museum of Science and Industry (National Railway Museum)||485,785||630,396||29.77%|
|National Museum of Science and Industry (South Kensington)||1,366,879||2,766,994||102.43%|
|Natural History Museum (South Kensington)||1,630,466||4,682,783||187.21%|
|Natural History Museum (Tring)||61,272||126,864||107.05%|
|Victoria & Albert Museum (South Kensington)||936,652||2,619,505||179.67%|
This information is updated annually in May.