From today’s Philadelphia Inquirer:
Full-price Sundays back at Art Museum¹
By Jennifer Lin, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
Jackie Hanks, here for the weekend from Corpus Christi, Texas, was all set to take a quick spin through the Philadelphia Museum of Art yesterday with her husband and their two boys.
That is, until she got to the entrance and found that it would cost $32.
Hanks was disappointed to learn that the museum has curtailed its Sunday “pay-what-you-wish” policy, which she had read about in a tourist magazine.
Without enough time to spend, the family passed on the museum.
“When I read in the magazine that the museum was free on Sundays, I thought, ‘How cool is that?’ ” Hanks said. “But we don’t have enough time, and for that price, I just said no.”
In a sign of the times, the Art Museum has scaled back its reduced admissions on Sundays. Now, only the first Sunday of the month is “pay what you wish.” Other days, it’s pay what we ask: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for teenagers. Children 12 and under are still free.
Yesterday was the first Sunday for the new policy.
The museum announced last month that the economic crisis was forcing it to change its approach to ticketing and raise rates across the board by $2. The last increase was in 2007.
Can you give me one good reason why hard-working Pennsylvanians should be taxed to support museums if the potential patrons aren’t interested enough in them to shell out a few bucks to get in?
Everybody wants things, but it doesn’t seem like people are willing to pay for them.
¹ – The Philadelphia Inquirer, Monday, 13 July 2009, p. B-1