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Museum Announces Changes in Admissions Pricing and Structure, Effective October 1

Some fees to rise, free admission to children expands to include all youth 18 and under.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today changes in its admissions fees that will go into effect on October 1, 2019. General admission, offering two-day access to all facilities, will increase from $20 to $25 and admission for seniors will rise from $18 to $23. At the same time, the museum is modifying its admissions policy to broaden access. It will expand the free admission it has long provided to children 12 and under, now extending it to youths 18 and under for the first time. The museum is also offering free admission to ACCESS and EBT cardholders and their families (formerly $2 per cardholder). The museum’s popular Pay-What-You-Wish policy on Wednesday evenings and on the first Sunday of each month will remain firmly in place and during all public hours at the Rodin Museum, which is administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Membership prices will remain unchanged, offering members free, unlimited general admission for one year. Likewise, the general student fee will not increase. The Philadelphia Museum of Art continues to offer free admission to all Philadelphia public and charter school classes and active–duty members of the military can obtain free access during summer as part of the Blue Star Program.

Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, noted that the decision to make these changes reflects both the importance of earned income in sustaining the museum’s programs and of maintaining its commitment to providing access.

“The museum has not increased its general admissions fee or changed its pricing structure since 2012,” said Rub, “and just as these new adjustments place us more in line with general prices charged by other cultural institutions in the city and region, the changes we are making in our admissions policy are designed to meet people where they are so that they can continue to enjoy visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”

Admissions revenue provides operating support for the care of the museum’s world-renowned collections, the development of internationally recognized exhibitions, and the presentation of public programs and educational activities. General admission provides for a two-day ticket to the museum as well as the Rodin Museum, and the historic Fairmount Park houses of Cedar Grove and Mount Pleasant (reopening in 2020) which are administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

New General Admissions structure

  • Adults: $25 (formerly $20)

  • Seniors: $23 (formerly $18)

  • Students: $14 (unchanged)

  • Youths ages 13-18: free (formerly $14)

  • Children 12 and under: free (unchanged)

  • Rodin Museum: Pay-What-You-Wish (suggested admission: $12, formerly $10)

  • ACCESS/EBT card holders and family members admitted free (formerly $2, cardholder)

  • Wednesday Evening: PWYW (unchanged)

  • First Sundays: PWYW (unchanged)


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