Thursday, December 1, 2011
Government-sponsored museums that have stopped charging since 2001 have seen combined visitor rates more than double in the past decade, figures show.
Almost 18 million people visited the 13 attractions in 2010-11, compared with 7 million in 2000-01.
Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of the Labour government's decision to end charges at England's national museums.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said free museums and galleries "ensure that culture is for everyone". READ MORE