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Museum entry fees have little impact on visitor diversity, study suggests

Plus: Kamel Mennour to open London space | American Museum of Natural History moves forward with expansion plans

9 September 2016

Study suggests that entrance fees do not change museum visitor diversity | Research published this week by the Association of Independent Museums suggests that introducing entrance charges at museums does not affect the diversity of visitors, reports Arts Professional. The findings do however suggest that entrance charges cause the overall number of visits to fall. See our Forum debate from September 2015 for more of the issues surrounding museum entry fees.

Kamel Mennour to open London space | Paris-based art dealer Kamel Mennour has revealed that he is to open a new contemporary art gallery in London’s Mayfair, reports The Art Newspaper. Mennour’s announcement comes in the wake of fears that international dealers would exit the city as a result of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union in July.

American Museum of Natural History moves forward with expansion plans | The American Museum of Natural History in NYC has filed plans for a $325 million expansion. According to the Wall Street Journal, the extension will increase the institution’s space by around 235,000 sq ft, and will involve the demolition of three existing buildings. The plans have been amended from the museum’s original vision, in an attempt to address local concerns about the impact of the project on surrounding green space.

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