The Conservatives are promising to give Canadians free admission to the country's national museums if they form government this election. Inspired by the free Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Canadians and visitors should be able to visit Canada's museums at no cost every day. "These incredible institutions belong to all Canadians," he said this morning from the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. "The very act of walking into a museum is a reminder that before us came generations of Canadians who shaped this land into what it is today." There are nine national museums in Canada, seven of them located in the capital region. They include: National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Que.) Canadian War Museum (Ottawa) Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa) Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Halifax, N.S.) Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Man.) Canada Science and Technology Museum (Ottawa) Canada Aviation and Space Museum (Ottawa) Canada Agriculture Museum (Ottawa) The Parliamentary Budget Officer says eliminating these facilities' admission fees would cost about $20 million in 2020-2021 and rise to $22 million a decade from now.