Museum cafe is such a rip off

First published in Letters

I FEEL I just have to write to enlighten other readers about the extortion going on in our museums.

My daughter and son-in-law took their daughters, Mya, aged eight, and twins Hannah and Taylor, aged six, to the National History Museum in London. It was a day out but also an educational trip for the twins as they are currently studying dinosaurs in school. Luckily my daughter took sandwiches with her because they decided to stop at the museum café for a cup of coffee for themselves and crisps for all of them. My daughter could not believe how much she had to pay for two coffees and five crisps – it was £21.90p, £5 for each cup of coffee and £2-odd for each packet of crisps.

This is absolutely ridiculous, how can they justify that? I just feel that I can, warn other parents who do all they can for their children, but who are on a budget, that at hungry times, go out of the museum, have refreshments, then go back in as admission is free!

Shelagh Davies Greenmeadow Cwmbran

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3:12pm Wed 27 Feb 13

smokintheweed says...

So instead of notifying the people at the museum or complaining to the right people you write in to a regional newspaper almost 140 miles away where few people will care about it? Ummmm.... ok.....
So instead of notifying the people at the museum or complaining to the right people you write in to a regional newspaper almost 140 miles away where few people will care about it? Ummmm.... ok..... smokintheweed
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3:23pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

smokin comment clart. Warrabout take a flask and your own sarnies in and hey presto save £21.50 in the process, no brainer like.
smokin comment clart. Warrabout take a flask and your own sarnies in and hey presto save £21.50 in the process, no brainer like. Goldy_Lookin_Clart
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3:26pm Wed 27 Feb 13

smokintheweed says...

Goldy_Lookin_Clart wrote:
smokin comment clart. Warrabout take a flask and your own sarnies in and hey presto save £21.50 in the process, no brainer like.
You knows it clart!
[quote][p][bold]Goldy_Lookin_Clart[/bold] wrote: smokin comment clart. Warrabout take a flask and your own sarnies in and hey presto save £21.50 in the process, no brainer like.[/p][/quote]You knows it clart! smokintheweed
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1:40pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Howie' says...

So, for a day out in the fantastic Natural History Museum for five people it cost £21.90 A family of five who paid nothing to get in to see a museum that costs millions a year to run complains about the cost of a coffee. Since the museum can't charge an entry fee they have to make their money from other sources, did they make a donation or contribute to the £8.5 million pound appeal to restore the central hall? or did they consider themselves hard done by at less than a fiver a head they had a wonderful day out in a world class museum which was highly educational for the kids.

I think you know the cost of everything but the value of nothing.
So, for a day out in the fantastic Natural History Museum for five people it cost £21.90 A family of five who paid nothing to get in to see a museum that costs millions a year to run complains about the cost of a coffee. Since the museum can't charge an entry fee they have to make their money from other sources, did they make a donation or contribute to the £8.5 million pound appeal to restore the central hall? or did they consider themselves hard done by at less than a fiver a head they had a wonderful day out in a world class museum which was highly educational for the kids. I think you know the cost of everything but the value of nothing. Howie'
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2:43pm Thu 28 Feb 13

smokintheweed says...

Some people want the moon on a stick. Never content with anything.
Some people want the moon on a stick. Never content with anything. smokintheweed
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4:35pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Llanmartinangel says...

Howie' wrote:
So, for a day out in the fantastic Natural History Museum for five people it cost £21.90 A family of five who paid nothing to get in to see a museum that costs millions a year to run complains about the cost of a coffee. Since the museum can't charge an entry fee they have to make their money from other sources, did they make a donation or contribute to the £8.5 million pound appeal to restore the central hall? or did they consider themselves hard done by at less than a fiver a head they had a wonderful day out in a world class museum which was highly educational for the kids.

I think you know the cost of everything but the value of nothing.
I find myself agreeing with you Howie.
[quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: So, for a day out in the fantastic Natural History Museum for five people it cost £21.90 A family of five who paid nothing to get in to see a museum that costs millions a year to run complains about the cost of a coffee. Since the museum can't charge an entry fee they have to make their money from other sources, did they make a donation or contribute to the £8.5 million pound appeal to restore the central hall? or did they consider themselves hard done by at less than a fiver a head they had a wonderful day out in a world class museum which was highly educational for the kids. I think you know the cost of everything but the value of nothing.[/p][/quote]I find myself agreeing with you Howie. Llanmartinangel
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