Free entry to the Museum of Modern Arts since February this year..
Free entry to the Museum of Modern Arts since February this year.. Credit: Jessica Gow/TT

Private museums report free-entry reform to Competition Authority

Claim that it leads to "cultural impoverishment"
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The government's decision to abolish the entrance fee's to state-funded museums has been reported to the Competition Authority by a number of private museums, which warn that the reform will lead to "cultural impoverishment".

If the 17 state-funded museums had offered free entry to the public in 2010, the Fotografiska Photo Museum would never even have opened, according to its founder Jan Broman.

The daily Dagens Nyheter reports that Broman has written a letter, together with a range of other private museums, to the Competition Authority, to protest against the reform that abolished entrance fees to the state museums from February this year.

"The competition situation is incredibly difficult now. The revenue from visitors is a very important part of our work. If you loose your guests if will be difficult to survive. We would never have dared to open our doors if the national museum and the Museum of Modern Arts at the same time had free entry," Broman told DN.

It is still too early to say how many fewer visitors have come to the Photo Museum because of the reform, but according to Broman other private museums, notably the Museum of Spirits have seen their visitors' number cut by almost a half.

"By this reform, the necessary market competition is being sidestepped," said Broman, who hopes that the Competition Authority will deem the reform is against competition laws.

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