70,000 people have bought a Museum Pass

A year since its launch 70,000 people have bought a Museum Pass. Together they have made 300,000 visits to the museums that have signed up to the scheme. The idea behind the Museum Pass is quite simple. For 50 euro you are given a card that entitles you to visit the participating museums for a year (almost) free of any further charge. 

The number of museums that have signed up to participate in the Museum Pass scheme is growing all the time. Over the past year a further 45 museums have joined. However, three of the most popular museums, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts and the Natural Sciences Museum Brussels and the Africa Museum in Tervuren (Flemish Brabant) have not joined. When it reopened last year, the Africa Museum launched its own season ticket that it says is not compatible with the Museum Pass.

Money is the main reason for the two other federal museums’ not having signed up to the Museum Pass scheme.   

Aiming high

The Museum Pass’ Director Julie Van der Heyden is satisfied with what has been achieved in the first year since the pass was launched. “We had aimed to sell 50,000 passes. It is clear that this is something that a lot of museum visitors had been waiting for.

However, our ambition goes yet further and in time we want to have half a million pass holders. In The Netherlands where a Museum Pass has been in existence for the past 30 years, 1 million people are pass holders.    

Cheaper rail travel for those with a Museum Pass

Under a new arrangement with the Belgian rail operator NMBS those that have bought a Museum Pass will be entitled to 5 return rail journeys a years at half price. Pass holders will be given a special code with which they can purchase the half-price tickets on the NMBS website.