It has been a year since I purchased an Art Fund membership so I thought I would take a look back and work out how much money I’ve saved through having a National Art Pass.
A National Art Pass offers 50% off major exhibitions, plus free entry to hundreds of charging museums, galleries and historic places across the UK. Funds raised through the pass allow the Art Fund to help museums and galleries buy and display great works of art.
I’m not exactly an art fanatic, but the Art Pass appealed to me because of the museum exhibition discounts, as well as free or discounted entry to many properties operated by English Heritage and The National Trust.
Here is the full list of places I used my Art Pass over the course of a year:
- Free entry to Apsley House (saving of £8.30)
- Free entry to Ranger’s House (saving £7.20)
- Free entry to Eltham Palace (saving £13)
- Free entry to Shakespeare’s Family Homes in Stratford-upon-Avon (saving £24.90)
- Free entry to Osterley Park and House (saving £9.90)
- Free entry to Ham House and Garden (saving £10)
- Free entry to Danson House (saving £8)
- Free entry to Hall Place and Gardens (saving £8)
- 50% off tickets to Carsten Höller: Decisions exhibition at the Hayward Gallery (saving £6.75)
- 50% off tickets to NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum (saving £6.75)
- 50% off admission to Cutty Sark (saving £6)
- Free entry to the Guards Museum (saving £6)
- Free entry to Hughenden Manor (saving £10.45)
The total amount saved comes to £125.25. When you take off the cost of membership, which was £60 for the year, that leaves a saving of £65.25. That’s pretty incredible value! If you’re under 26 you get half price membership which gives you even bigger potential for savings.
That being said, I’ve decided not to renew my Art Pass for now. I’ve visited the majority of the historic places available on the Art Pass in and around London that I had on my wishlist so I think that I would struggle to get as much value this year. Plus I now have both English Heritage and National Trust memberships so I want to give myself the opportunity to get some good value out of those.
I am still open to signing up for the Art Pass again in future if some new museum exhibitions open up in London that I want to see, or perhaps if I was travelling further afield in the UK. If you think you would have the opportunity to use it at least once a month then it’s definitely worth signing up.
Here’s a small selection of other places you can visit with a National Art Pass that I didn’t get the chance to go to:
- No. 1 Royal Crescent, Bath (£5 with National Art Pass, standard entry £10)
- The Royal Pavilion, Brighton (free with National Art Pass, standard entry £11)
- Bletchley Park (£8.40 with National Art Pass, standard entry £16.75)
- Painshill Park (£6 with National Art Pass, standard entry £8)
- Duff House, Scotland (free with National Art Pass, standard entry £7.10)
- Picton Castle and Gardens, Wales (free with National Art Pass, standard entry £6.50)