STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The Swedish Government announced under its Spring Amending Budget for 2019, that admission to a number of state-owned museums will remain free of charge.
The Spring Amending Budget is based on an agreement between the Green Party, the Swedish Social Democratic Party, the Centre Party and the Liberals.
“The free admission reform is important in opening up our state-owned museums to more people. There is so much knowledge gathered in our museums, and this must not only benefit those who can afford it,” says Minister for Culture and Democracy Amanda Lind.
The Government will therefore contribute SEK 60 million to the state-owned museums in 2019, to ensure that free admission continues to apply to a number of them. This will bring the total budget for free admission for 2019 to SEK 80 million, which is in line with previous levels.
“I want to work to ensure that our shared cultural heritage is accessible to more people, and museums play an important role in this. Visitor numbers rose after free admission was introduced, proving that this is a reform that really makes a difference,” says Ms Lind.
Free admission was introduced on 1 February 2016 at 18 state-owned museums: The Army Museum (Armémuseum); The Museum of Ethnography; The Swedish Air Force Museum (Flygvapenmuseum) in Linköping; The Hallwyl Museum; The Swedish History Museum; The Royal Coin Cabinet – National Museum of Economy; The Royal Armoury; The Naval Museum in Karlskrona; The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities; Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Malmö Nationalmuseum Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet); The Maritime Museum Skokloster Castle; The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design; The Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg;
The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities Museums may continue to charge adults admission for temporary exhibitions, while children and young people up to the age of 18 enjoy free admission to all exhibitions.