Museum entry fees

Letter to the editor | ‘Charging fees to enter British museums is not the answer, it is a signifier that culture is for someone else’

Rather than creating another “psychological barrier” to culture, leaders and institutions could be thinking about more fair ways to fund the sector, writes Will Jennings

'Why British museums must start charging entrance fees'

Low pay for museum workers, decreased local authority spending and a theft scandal have highlighted that "it’s time for some difficult choices," says the writer and broadcaster Ben Lewis

MoMA raises ticket price to $30 as US museums face tough choices on entry fees

Many of the biggest art museums in New York and elsewhere have raised the price of general admission to $30, while others continue to pursue free-entry policies

$30 is the new $25: SFMoMA raises admission prices

The Bay Area institution is increasing its ticket prices 20% just in time for a blockbuster Yayoi Kusama show

New York’s Guggenheim Museum raises price of admission to $30, keeping pace with Whitney and Met

A standard adult ticket is now on par with other recent entry fee increases across town

Whitney Museum of American Art raises ticket prices and becomes most expensive New York museum

Admission fees have increased by 20% for adults and 33% for seniors and students, matching (and even exceeding) those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Amid record visitation, Harvard Art Museums do away with entry fees

The university’s three art institutions—the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sackler museums—are now free for all visitors

Previously free, some UK museums are starting to charge as cost of living crisis bites

The principle of free admission to museums is being eroded, as entry fees are introduced to balance budgets

Uffizi’s ticket price hike sparks row

As the Italian museum responds to rising energy bills, culture minister says institutions’ entrance charge increases are justified

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Italy’s museums move to stop ticket touts’ post-Covid comeback

The Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia are among those finding ways to prevent re-sellers from inflating ticket prices


MoMA reborn with newly expanded building

Taniguchi's addition to the institution has substantially increased the floor space - and the admission prices

Victoria & Albert Museum: too posh for the people?

A National Audit Office Report concludes that visitors are discouraged from visiting the institution because of its “highbrow” image

Funding the Tate: A £134 million achievement

With £6m a year to raise, the budget of Tate Modern will require constant effort

Behind the scenes at MoMA with John Elderfield and Kirk Varnedoe

Exhibitions, projects, budgets, and attendance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York


Sir Denis Mahon retracts his gift to the Walker in protest against entry charges

Baroque paintings given to National Gallery of Ireland instead

Sir Denis Mahon threatens to withdraw pictures from Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery

Veteran collector and lobbyist for the arts opposes introduction of entrance fees

The V&A introduces a £5 admission fee

Income from tickets represented about double the average weekly level of voluntary contributions.