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Brooklyn Museum Is City's Latest Cultural Institution to Hike Admission Price

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Brooklyn Museum is among a number of New York City museums participating in Art Museum Day. (apollonia666/Flickr)

The Brooklyn Museum announced a $2 hike in its suggested admission rates on Friday — up to $12 for adults, and $8 for students and seniors.

In a statement, the museum’s director, Arnold Lehman, said he regretted the increase, attributing it to “the continued economic climate.”

The museum also noted that its last admission hike was in 2009, and that admission during the first Saturday of each month, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., will still be free.

Several of the city’s high-profile museums have already raised admission fees, including The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum, which announced their changes over the summer.

In July, MoMA said it needed to raise fees due to higher operating costs. Last month, ticket prices jumped from $20 to $25 for adults, $16 to $18 for seniors and $12 to $14 for students.

In June, the Met announced its new pay scale, noting it would be the first time the museum upped its suggested fees in five years. The new fee scale was also attributed to “budgetary challenges.”

Fees rose from $20 to $25 for adults, $15 to $17 for seniors, and $10 to $12 for students.

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