Free museum visiting first started as an initiative to provide this opportunity to schoolchildren and socially deprived citizens. In 2018, the Ministry of Culture approved this model and its implementation concept aiming that it will strengthen people's cultural identity, promote active citizenship and national self-awareness as well as contribute to sustainable and creative society formation. In 2019, free museum visiting concept was extended, i.e. everyone regardless age or socio-economic situation can visit state museums free of charge last Sunday of each month. This initiative contributes to encouraging families to choose museums as the way to spend their leisure time and is expected to contribute in developing habits to visit museums more often.
In 2018, museums attracted more than 227 000 schoolchildren.
In 2019, more than 415 000 people visited museums for free.
In 2018, USD 428 783 was allocated for the implementation of the programme. A total of USD 1 582 040 was allocated for the renewed programme in 2019.
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According to the surveys conducted by the museums, more than 50 percent of the respondents indicated that a possibility to visit museums for free was the main reason for their visit. 95 percent of the visitors were satisfied with their museum experience and 98 percent of the visitors emphasised their plans to visit museums in the future.