PARLIAMENT:Committee of Supply debate: Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

Free entry for people with disabilities

People with disabilities as well as their caregivers will be granted free entry to special exhibitions at eight National Heritage Board (NHB) museums and institutions from June 1.

The free entry applies to upcoming special showcases such as the Asian Civilisations Museum's Christianity In Asia: Sacred Art And Visual Splendour, and the Peranakan Museum's Nyonya Beadwork And Embroidery: Craft And Heritage.

They will also be given concession rates when visiting special exhibitions at public museums such as the National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Sim Ann said yesterday.

Free admission applies to the first caregiver, regardless of nationality, who accompanies a Singaporean, permanent resident or foreigner with disabilities.

Concession rates for special exhibitions across public museums also apply to foreigners with disabilities.

Since 2013, entry to permanent exhibitions at all public museums and institutions has been free for all Singaporeans and permanent residents.

However, entry to special exhibitions has been free only for students, seniors, full-time national servicemen and teachers.

Melody Zaccheus

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2016, with the headline 'Free entry for people with disabilities'. Print Edition | Subscribe