English museums to become 'price-less' attractions

LONDON -- As many as 33 major museums and art galleries in Great Britain, including London's Victoria & Albert and the Imperial War Museum, are expected to drop entrance fees for visitors by year's end.

National museums, tax-exempt in Britain, traditionally have relied on the value-added tax visitors pay on entrance tickets as extra income.

The new move -- fulfilling a Labor Party pledge to make art accessible to all -- hinges on a government pledge to replace any lost revenue, which could amount to millions of dollars in subsidies.

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