Introduce admission charges to museums for visitors from outside Glasgow

Maintain the principal of free access to the city's museums and its collections for residents, but introduce a charging system for visitors from outside the city to all city museums. Residents could have a card - similar to the Kids Card that would grant free unlimited entrance to all the city's museums.

Why the contribution is important

Many visitors to the city expect to pay for entrance and this would allow the city to glean some much needed revenue from their readiness to pay. It would also allow for the principal of free admission for residents to be promoted more vigorously and presented as a firm commitment and an asset to those choosing to live in the city. Actively promoting free entry to residents may actually increase attendance, while any reduction in visitors coming from outside the city who may be put off by charges would have no negative financial impact.

Preserving the museums and their collections is vital to the city's aspiration to be a world-class city and this change would allow those genuinely world-class assets to be preserved.

by KMBrown on February 07, 2016 at 02:16PM

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  • Posted by Smallville February 08, 2016 at 10:48

    A simple but clever idea
  • Posted by gortex2 February 08, 2016 at 22:55

    I do like this idea a lot. My concern would be the admin costs re a card being provided for every citizen - at my school kids lose their Kidzcards with alarming regularity - and I'm pretty sure parents may have similar problems. Imagine the stooshie at the Kelvingrove, having got all the family there on the bus, to then be told you can't get in because the card(s) has been left behind on the kitchen table...
    It's a really good idea, just the same - there must be a way round the lost/forgotten card scenario.
  • Posted by CtrlAltDel February 09, 2016 at 08:39

    gortex2 - I've on occasion left my Glasgow Club card at home but I turn up at the gym and they look me up on the system and I get in no bother. If there is a card and everyone is on a system, they'd be able to check your details and make sure you actually have a card by simply asking you to provide your name and post code thus getting around the 'forgotten/lost card' problem.
  • Posted by Matthew February 11, 2016 at 11:12

    I'm not happy with this on principle but if it was necessary to avoid cuts to services. The problem is implementation: what is cost of ID card for each Glasgow citizen? Would the charges for non-Glaswegians (which ought to be modest or visitor numbers would plummet) offset this *and* make a profit for the council?
  • Posted by Sueh February 17, 2016 at 13:59

    I think this is a good idea - I take on board the cost of cards for residents but perhaps instead of a card all they have to do to gain entrance is produce some ID like council tax bill or bank card
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