The Bowers Gets A Little Steep

I wrote previously about the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Bowers, not knowing that they now charge 19 bucks admisssion! Ouch!

To me, that seems like an awful lot of money for what many consider to be at best a second-tier museum. Perhaps they are trying to boost their revenue and turn it into a first-tier but most museums are funded by endowments and the like, not by admission prices.

We don’t have a whole lot of well-known museums here in Orange County, but a short hop away to LA and there are world-class ones that don’t charge, or at least there is a day a month where you can get free admission no matter where you are from.

2 Comments so far

  1. Mike Randall (unregistered) on February 24th, 2007 @ 12:04 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Getty Center is free, they just charge to park.

    MOMA and others in LA, I think, also charge an admission fee, but 19 bucks is extremely high (unless this is a special exhibit).


  2. Gina (unregistered) on February 24th, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

    Yes, the Getty is free admission, but I was thinking more along the lines of the ones in Exhibition Park.

    As for the Bowers, I understand that they used to charge separate admission for the special shows as opposed to the permanent collection viewing, and just decided to charge 19 for everything.



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