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Advance tickets went on sale Friday for the soon-to-reopen Whitney Museum of American Art, and visitors should prepare for some sticker shock. Ticket prices are now pegged at $22, up from $20 at the now-shuttered Breuer Building.

The Whitney closed its doors on the Upper East Side in October, after a blockbuster Jeff Koons retrospective. Its new location at the base of the High Line at 99 Gansevoort Street between Washington and West Streets, in a building designed by Renzo Piano, will provide the Whitney almost double the exhibition space.

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Admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum will be free for one weekend — Feb. 21 and 22 — thanks to a gift from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

The hope is to provide broad access to "Inspiring Beauty," an exhibition that celebrates the Ebony Fashion Fair, a fashion show that traveled the country for more than 50 years and served as a platform for black empowerment. It is the museum's first fashion-inspired exhibit.

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The Broad museum will open Sept. 20 as the downtown showcase for Eli and Edythe Broad's contemporary art collection, the founding couple announced Thursday. As promised, admission will be free. But it'll cost $10 to get a one-day sneak preview Feb. 15.

The opening art display in September will offer an array of greatest hits from the more than 2,000 pieces the Broads have amassed. The show will range through some 60 years of post-World War II art, arranged in "predominantly chronological" order from the 1950s to a recently acquired massive video installation created in 2012.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:31

Seattle Launches Its Inaugural Museum Month

Visit Seattle announced today the inaugural Seattle Museum Month, which offers visitors 50 percent off admission at more than 40 participating museums throughout Seattle and the region, February 1-28, 2015.

The offers are valid for guests staying at one of 54 downtown Seattle hotels. Guests must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts; these discounts will be valid for all guests staying in the hotel room (not to exceed four people) during hotel stay dates.  

Participating museums are located in Seattle and throughout the region, including King, Pierce and Kitsap counties. Participating Seattle museums include the Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Museum of History & Industry, Museum of Flight, EMP Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Henry Art Gallery, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

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After seven years of offering free general admission, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will go back to charging a fee this spring.

Starting in April, tickets will be $18 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 17, the museum announced Friday.

The IMA dropped its $7 admission fee in 2007 but said it will return to charging a fee in order to maintain long-term financial stability.

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Get ready for Night at the Museums where anyone can visit nearly two dozens museums for free and one stop is featuring an exhibit on modern masters. It’s all part of Denver Arts Week.

“Matisse and Friends” at the Denver Art Museum will be open Saturday as part of the regular museum exhibits.

Twenty-three Denver-area museums will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

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Starting January of next year, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new municipal identification cards will not only help undocumented immigrants sign leases and meet photo ID requirements, but the cards will also be golden tickets into many of the city’s finest cultural institutions. 33 institutions belonging to the CIG (Cultural Institutions Group) will honor the Municipal ID as a one-year membership with benefits ranging from free admission to museum shop discounts. The 33 CIG members —all private nonprofit institutions on city property — include the Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.

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Visitors to the Corcoran Gallery of Art have quadrupled since admission became free to the public late last month.

With the gallery scheduled to close soon for renovation, art lovers are coming to the gallery in its last month for all kinds of reasons.

After court approval of a controversial plan that ended the Corcoran's independence, the art gallery and its school have merged with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University.

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Monday, 25 August 2014 11:04

The Corcoran is Now Offering Free Admission

Now that the deal between the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University is signed and sealed, the first change in operations became apparent Friday: Admission to the Corcoran now is free.

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Friday, 25 October 2013 18:09

The Met Signs Amendment to its Lease

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has signed an amendment to its lease with New York City dating back to 1878. The new amendment confirms and continues the 42-year-long agreement under which the Met and New York first established a discretionary admission policy for the institution. The new amendment also authorizes the museum to consider a range of admission modifications in future years, which would need to be reviewed and approved by New York City before being implemented.

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Met, said, “It is important to make clear as we sign this amendment that we remain very much committed to maintain – and further widening – public access to the Museum. Toward this end, we recently expanded our hours by opening the Met seven days a week, and have enhanced programs designed to reach out to attract visitors from every community of the City. The effort to broaden and diversify audiences will continue. At the same time, however, faced with perennial uncertainties about future funding sources, the Met and the City concluded that it makes sense now to consecrate our longstanding and wholly legal admissions policies.” Campbell added, “We are extremely grateful that the City, which has long provided essential operating support to the Met, has moved now to reaffirm a policy that not only allows visitors to pay what they wish at the door, but has encouraged us to offer same-week entrance at no additional cost to the Cloisters museum and gardens in Fort Tryon Park, and has enabled us to provide free-with-admission access to all special exhibitions, as well as cost-free gallery tours, curatorial lectures, library access, and visits by New York City school groups. We expect and trust that the museum and the City will continue to work cooperatively into the future to preserve full access to the Met under the generous admissions policies so wisely created in the past.”

The Met currently has a pay-what-you-wish admission policy for its more than six million annual visitors. According to the new lease terms, the museum may set the terms of admission to its permanent galleries to the general public, including admission fees and days and hours the Museum shall be open to the public, with permission from New York City.

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