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Royal Ontario Museum offers free admission to main-floor galleries this summer

Royal Ontario Museum offers free admission to main-floor galleries this summer

Royal Ontario Museum offers free admission to main-floor galleries this summer

The Royal Ontario Museum will allow visitors into its main floor for free this summer in an effort to draw crowds.

Starting today and running through Sept. 25, the first floor galleries will be accessible to the public without a fee.

The main floor includes the First Peoples gallery, as well as the China and Korea galleries.

A spokesperson for the museum says the goal is to redefine the role the institution plays in the city.

They’re positioning the museum as a gathering place where visitors can stop in and have a coffee or lunch.

Experimentation with free admission is common among cultural institutions looking to boost attendance, and a model the Art Gallery of Ontario has also utilized.

The AGO allows visitors in for free on Wednesday nights, and those under 25 and never have to pay admission.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2022.

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