Starting from now, the museums run by the Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR), the regional association for the Rhineland area, are offering free museum entry to visitors once a month. The museums involved are the LVR open-air museums in Kommern and Lindlar, the Max Ernst Museum Brühl, the LandesMuseum Bonn federal state history museum, and Xanten archeological park with its RömerMuseum of Roman history. From 2 February 2018, free entry will also be offered to the seven venues of the LVR Industriemuseum on the first Friday in the month. These are the Zinkfabrik Altenberg zinc factory and the St. Antony-Hütte hut in Oberhausen, the Textilfabrik Cromford textile factory in Ratingen, the Gesenkschmiede Hendrichs smithy in Solingen, the Papiermühle Alte Dombach paper mill in Bergisch-Gladbach, Ermen & Engels in Engelskirchen and the Tuchfabrik Müller cloth factory in Euskirchen. During the course of the year, they will be joined by the Niederrheinmuseum Wesel, the Lower Rhine regional museum, which is currently closed for renovation. The free entry does not cover special exhibitions and events.
The Landschaftsverband Westfalen regional association will also continue its no-charge policy in 2018, and on selected days will offer free entry to the exhibitions in its 17 museums in total, which focus on industrial culture, nature, crafts, art, archaeology, monastery culture and folk culture.