2009-07-02 / Features

Art Museum Raises Prices Of Admission

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It's going to cost more to get into the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Beginning July 1, admission prices are $16 for adults, $12 for youth ages 13 to 18, and $14 for senior citizens.

The museum will also curtail its pay-as-you-wish policy from every Sunday to only the first Sunday each month.

Access to the permanent collections will remain free for museum members.

A spokesman says the increase is due to the depressed value of the museum's endowment and other funding shortfalls.

In a recent cost-cutting program, the museum eliminated 30 positions, cut compensation for senior staff, and postponed exhibitions.

Admission for Philadelphia public-school groups and children younger than 12 will still be free.

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