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Updated: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 11:45:33 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Three national museums to start charging for parking



Three national museums to start charging for parking

Three of the capital region’s national museums outside of the downtown core are introducing paid parking.

The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation said it will start charging at the Science and Technology, Agriculture and Aviation and Space museums.

Beginning in May, drivers will be charged a parking fee of a dollar per half hour, to a maximum of six dollars a day.

"We’re already paying with our taxes for all the facilities, so I was very surprised to see we’re going to have to pay parking," said one visitor.

"Plus everything we’re going to have to pay to get into the museum."

"I think it probably encourages people to come more if there isn’t an extra charge," said another visitor to the museum.

Automated pay stations are being set up in the museums’ parking lots.

The corporation said parking money will be re-invested into museum programming.

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