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Free entry draws crowds to Sydney’s museums
Almost 70,000 people braved Sydney’s cold winter weather of the past weekend to be part of the Powerhouse Museum and Australian Museum’s Free Weekend - breaking all previous attendance records.
The Australian Museum welcomed 30,279 people through its doors while the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory saw over 38,800 visitors.
These figures represents a 40% increase on last year’s free weekend that attracted 50,000 visitors.
The Free Museum Weekend is a celebration of the anniversary of the NSW Government’s Kids Free initiative which allows children aged under 16 free general admission to both museums all year round.
Explaining that the Kids Free initiative has been a raging success as part of the government’s mission to increase access to arts and culture, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant stated “these fine museums have some of the state’s most precious possessions and interesting exhibitions and I want the next generation to have every opportunity to appreciate and experience them.”
Australian Museum Director and Chief Executive Kim McKay said the Free Museum Weekend is to make science and culture accessible to everyone, and to remind people of the incredible world-class museums they have available to them
McKay commented “we are thrilled to have welcomed so many visitors through our doors over the weekend as we celebrate the first year of Kids Free at both Museums.”
Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Dolla Merrillees said museums are places where life-long memories are created.
Merrillees added “by working in collaboration with the Australian Museum we can facilitate discovery and inspire generations of Australians to dream, to imagine the possibilities and realise their ambitions.”
Image shows the Australian Museum.
10th September 2015 - AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM OPENS NEW CRYSTAL HALL
5th June 2015 - SYDNEY COMMUNITY FIGHT TO SAVE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM
28th April 2009 - RENAISSANCE FOR FREE MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
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