The experiment was announced by the Minister of Culture and Communication, Christine Albanel, last October 23 and officially implemented on Tuesday, January 1.
According to Marie-Christine Gérand, head of communications at Museum of Cluny-National Museum of the Middle Ages: "We carried out a first assessment on the first days, from Wednesday 2nd to Monday 7th January, and noticed an increase in the number of visitors. Museum 56% compared to the same period last year. Of course, this increase is not significant because the free test was set up at the end of the school holidays. A real assessment can be made in a few months".
The test of gratuity in fourteen museums in France is effective from 1 January to 30 June 2008 on permanent collections. 18-25 year olds will also benefit from a free night, from 6 pm to 9 pm, for Museum Center Pompidou Center for Modern Art (Wednesday), the Museum Orsay (Thursday), Louvre (Friday) and Quai Branly (Saturday).
This experimentation will be the subject of a study and a report in order to renew or not the experiment.
The museums who are currently experimenting with the system are:
In Paris and near suburbs:
- the Museum of National Archeology of Saint-Germain-en-Laye
- the Museum of Cluny-National Museum of the Middle Ages
- the Museum National Renaissance of Ecouen
- the Museum Guimet
In other regions:
- the Museum of the Navy of Toulon (Ministry of Defense)
- the Museum national castle Pau (birthplace of Henry IV)
- the Tau palace in Reims, which presents the objects of the coronations of the kings of France
- Jacques C? ur Palace in Bourges
- Pierrefonds Castle
- the Museum Adrien Dubouché National Porcelain Museum in Limoges
- Oiron Castle
- the Museum Magnin in Dijon