Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Can American art museums continue to afford to be free to the public?

By Sarah Cascone
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo: Jean-Christophe Benoist via Wikimedia Commons
NEW YORK---Are art museums better off offering free admission? The Indianapolis Museum of Art, which had been free for decades, began charging $18 for tickets in April, thanks to financial difficulties. New York's free Museum of Biblical Art (which is charging $12 admission for its current Donatello exhibition—see Discover Renaissance Master Donatello at the Museum of Biblical Art) recently announced that it would close at the end of the month, as it was unable to afford New York City real estate prices (see New York's Museum of Biblical Art Will Close For Good). [link]