Why aren’t all museums free to visit?

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Why aren’t all museums free to visit?

Some museums offer free admission. Often they have funding from sources that allow the museum to offer that choice. Donations and fundraisers may help offset some of the costs of running a museum. Some have consistant funding from the government or businesses that support them. Museums have a lot of costs involved in running and maintaining them. Some have priceless contents that require high security. Security can mean the use of expensive equipment, alarm systems and companies and security guards that need to be present around the clock in many museums. Tour guides and pamphlets cost money. Cataloging and adding to a museum’s collection costs money which may include traveling expenses for the purchasers. Insurance may run very high for museums, especially those with irreplaceable high end artifacts or works of art. The insurance companies may require certain measures to be in place to protect the items they are insuring. Basic cleaning and daily clean up requires a janitorial person or crew. Museums need publicity and advertising to bring the viewers in. Some museums change their displays or let other museums borrow them for a set amount of time. Classes are offered at some museums . Staff to run museums often requires salries to be paid if they are not volunteers. For the museum visitor the experience needs to be as seamless as possible and that requires a great deal of behind the scenes work. Everything costs money. The museum you walk into and look at the displays may seem static but there are countless details and costs involved in running a museum. That is why you have to pay to get in. Mama Nono

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