Free museum admission to remain
Admission to a number of state-owned museums will remain free of charge under a proposal in the Government’s Spring Amending Budget for 2019.
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 to state-owned museums
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
Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet)
The Maritime Museum
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.
On 10 April the Government presented its 2019 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill to the Riksdag, together with an amending budget for 2019.