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New Museum Ups Ticket Price for Carsten Höller Show

A 100-foot tubular slide and sensory deprivation saline pool are drawing crowds — and cash — to the New Museum in downtown Manhattan.

Carsten Höller: Experience,” a show by the Brussels, Belgium artist that plays with perception, is poised to be the museum's best attended exhibition in its 35-year history.

The average daily attendance for the exhibition is 1,700 visitors, according to the museum. That moved the museum to hire additional staff members and raise ticket prices to $16 from $12.

The museum said the increase was "most likely not a permanent one."

Although Experience closes on Jan. 15, the New Museum said it planned to extend the closing date for the slide by an extra week.

The museum will also be open during special holiday hours to accommodate the crowds. It will be closed on Dec. 25 but open on Dec. 26 and 27, and on New Year's Day. Visitors can also visit the show each Thursday for free from 7 to 9 P.M.

With reporting from Gisele Regatao