The gallery’s permanent collection will no longer be free to the public as of February 1, 2024, after making entry to the gallery free in the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Adults will be charged £7, while children under 16 will pay £3.50. However, free entry to resident York children aged 16 and under and others will be available. The decision to reintroduce charges at the gallery has faced criticism and concerns about a potential decline in visitors. Additionally, the move has been described as “ill advised” and “short-sighted.” Councillor Jo Coles expressed disappointment with the decision to reintroduce charges but hopes occasional free access will be offered for residents. Despite the return of entry fees to the gallery, entry to Museum Gardens will remain free.
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