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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 14 December: THE entry fee to Indian Museum in Kolkata has been doubled with effect from 13 December.

According to the new rates notified by Indian Museum authorities, an Indian shall now have to pay Rs 20 to enter the 201 year museum located in central Kolkata; for a foreign national, the revised fee is Rs 500.

Earlier, the entry fee was Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 150 for foreigners.

Notwithstanding this steep hike, visitors also have some good news to look forward to. Now on, visitors shall not have to pay any fee to carry their still camera and cell phone inside the museum. Earlier, one was required to pay Rs 50 for this.

This apart, students up to class XII will now get entry to the museum without paying any fee, provided he / she is carrying the identity card issued by his / her educational institute. Earlier, this waiver was applicable only to group visits by students.

Director of Indian Museum, Jayanta Sengupta, said that the decision to increase the entry fee has been taken by the Union ministry of culture, under which the museum operates. “We have only implanted the instruction of the ministry,” he said.

Prior to this, the entry fee to Indian Museum was last hiked in 1997: then it was increased from Rs 5 to Rs 10 for Indians and from Rs 100 to Rs 150 for foreign nationals.

Indian Museum is the largest and oldest museum in India and has rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and some rare Mughal ear paintings.