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Russian state museums now free for under-18s

State Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg.
State Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg. Image by Dennis Jarvis / CC BY-SA 2.0

From the start of January, Russia’s Culture Ministry has abolished admission fees to state museums for all visitors under 18 years of age. The new rule applies to both local and foreign visitors. Among Russia’s 62 federal museums, which according to officials received around 30 million visitors in 2015, are several world-famous institutions such as the State Hermitage Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Read more: themoscowtimes.com