Solomon Guggenheim Museum raises ticket prices
New York is the best place in the world for art lovers. But not cheap, and will soon become even more expensive. The Solomon Guggenheim Museum increases the cost of admission tickets by 20%. Now it is one of the most expensive museums to visit in the country.
This increase puts the Guggenheim among the museums with the highest admission prices, not just in New York, but across the country. Guggenheim admission now costs $30 instead of $25. This is the first price increase since 2015. Students and retirees will now pay $19.
“As we recover from the prolonged financial stress caused by the pandemic, the museum needs to raise admission prices, which have not been adjusted since 2015,” said Sarah Fox, spokeswoman for the Solomon Guggenheim Museum. “The new rates are in line with those of the New York Museum Community and will help cover the museum’s operating costs.”
Prior to this, prices were raised by other well-known museums in New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art raised prices last July for the first time in 11 years. Now he, too, demands $30 for an adult ticket. The same goes for the Whitney Museum of American Art, which raised adult prices to $30 for the first time since 2016. At the same time, New Yorkers and students from states adjacent to New York can buy tickets to these museums on any day using the “pay-what-you-wish” system. If you want to buy a ticket to the Guggenheim under this system, then go to the museum on Saturday from 17:00 to 20:00.
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Outside of New York, many other museums have followed suit, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which costs $30 to enter, and the Art Institute of Chicago, which currently costs a whopping $32 for out-of-state visitors.
The increase in prices is a direct reaction to the decline in attendance at New York’s leading museums. Attendance at the Guggenheim has dropped 42% in three years, from 1.3 million visitors in 2019 to 750,000 in 2022, according to Art Newspaper. During the same period, attendance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art fell by 34%, Whitney – by 19%.
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