The Kids in Museums Initiative celebrated its 10th birthday at the Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy gives children free entry to exhibitions

Patrick Steel, Issue 113/02, p5, 01.02.2013
Move marks commitment to widening audience
The Royal Academy (RA) has introduced free entry to exhibitions for under-12s.

The announcement was made at an event at the RA to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kids in Museums, a charity representing the needs and experiences of young people and families in museums.

Charles Saumarez Smith, the RA’s chief executive, said: “The RA has a rich and vibrant learning programme, comprising a broad range of activities for children, students, families and adults.

“The decision to give children free access is a further step in our commitment to welcoming the widest possible audience to see our exhibitions and to visit the academy.”

Kids in Museums was founded by journalist Dea Birkett after her family was thrown out of the RA for being too noisy.

Mariella Frostrup, a patron of the charity, said: “It’s great to see how museums have changed over the years and how Kids in Museums has been such a huge force in making this happen.

“I remember when museums were stuffy places that you would be dragged along to by a great aunt. Now teenagers and toddlers can enjoy the fabulous stuff museums have.”

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