To promote participation in cultural life, the government has introduced an artistic education policy in schools and colleges (see chapter 5.1).
b) Admission rates
In addition to raising awareness, the government has introduced financial incentives:
- the Museums in the Principality provide preferential rates for the young and the elderly (youth card – pensioners’ card);
- admission is free to all art exhibitions organised by the Department of Cultural Affairs;
- during the Principality’s participation in the European Heritage Day, there is no charge for admission to museums; and
- every summer there is a season of open-air theatre and an international organ festival free of charge.
Museums, the Monte Carlo Ballets and Philharmonic Orchestra provide a scheme “buy one ticket get one free” during certain events.
The government has supported the improvement of the cultural infrastructure by funding:
- the conversion of the auditorium into a concert hall with 1 100 seats;
- the renovation of the Opera Garnier in 2005;
- the New National Museum, located in two sites: the Villa Sauber and the Villa Paloma, inaugurated in September 2010;
- the municipal project of creation of a media library to house the book, sound and video libraries and Audiovisual Archives under one roof;
- in July 2014 the heritage collections of the Médiathèque de Monaco have been moved in new facilities; and
- the project of transforming the Espace Léo Ferré is also conducted by the city.