September 11 Memorial Museum's admission fee

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September 11 Memorial Museum's admission fee

Do you think $20 to $25 admission fee for the 9/11 museum is too high, or is that a reasonable amount based on the upkeep needed? Would you pay a fee in that range to visit?

Some families of 9/11 victims are outraged over the National September 11 Memorial Museum's decision to charge admission for visitors.

Sally Regenhard, assistant chairwoman of the group 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims, called the fee a "slap in the face" on Sunday.

"Patriotic people from all corners of the country go to teach their children something and show respect, and now they will be faced with this fee? It is outrageous," she said.

"This feeds the idea of New York City being money-hungry. It is taking advantage of tourists," Regenhard said. "Making people pay to grieve is going to prevent people from paying their respects and learn about the victims."

9/11 Memorial communications manager Anthony Guido said that an exact price has not yet been set, but it will range from $20 to $25. Family members of 9/11 victims are exempt from all memorial-museum fees and charges, Guido said. The museum will open in 2014.

According to Guido, 9/11 museum officials looked to other institutions in the country for guidance on admission charges, such as the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, which charges $12 for adults.

The memorial-museum declined to comment on Regenhard's statements.

But not all family members of 9/11 victims agree with Regenhard.

Charles Wolf told CNN affiliate WCBS: "I think if it's necessary, they need to do it, because I want this museum to be good. We've taken a horrible, horrible disaster -- in which my wife was lost -- and we're making it better."

9/11 museum admission fee plan angers some victims' families - CNN.com

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I don't get the outrage? Victims go in for free. Everyone else pays a museum fee like pretty much every other museum I've ever been to.

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"Jessica80" wrote:

I don't get the outrage? Victims go in for free. Everyone else pays a museum fee like pretty much every other museum I've ever been to.

I agree. There is building maintenance to be paid, salaries to be paid, as well as other bills. If the victims' families were charged I could understand the outrage but not fees for the general public. And $20-25 seems a reasonable rate, especially in NYC. I also remember that there used to be a day of the week that museums where free but it has been a long time since I have been to NYC so things may have changed.

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I can understand what they are saying. It isn't just a museum it is a memorial. 9/11 didn't just happen to the actual victims it happened to all of us. I'm sure there are many people especially in New York that knew the victims and might like to pay their respects but weren't family. I think that price range will put it out of reach for many people who might like to go. I mean just for a family of 4 that would be $80-$100.

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I just checked our zoo admission prices (philly zoo) they are $20. NYC zoo is $18. MOMA in NYC is $25. The Guggenheim museum is $22.50 in NYC. I don't really get the outrage either. If a family can't afford it then they don't go. Like most things. NYC is expensive, frankly what something costs in OK city just doesn't compare.....because its OK city for petes sake.

Admission to the 9/11 MEMORIAL is free, as it should be.

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I just don't think I'm worried about it. I don't feel any further need to grieve 12 years later but of course I knew no one personally that perished during the attacks. I have grieved and resolved that awhile back. If I were to go it would be to personally view what happened and yes I would expect to be charged to make sure the memorial and museum were kept up.

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Just read this on the Huffington Post:

Daniels said the museum will be free during certain hours every week and will offer student and senior discounts.

That said, I think $25 is a bit steep. Most museums here in NYC, except for The Met, charge less than $20.

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

I can understand what they are saying. It isn't just a museum it is a memorial. 9/11 didn't just happen to the actual victims it happened to all of us. I'm sure there are many people especially in New York that knew the victims and might like to pay their respects but weren't family. I think that price range will put it out of reach for many people who might like to go. I mean just for a family of 4 that would be $80-$100.

But you don't go to a museum to pay your respects. Most people would reach out to the family, go to the gravesite, or go to the memorial to pay their respects.

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Also, the outside memorial fountains and the visitor's center will still be free, won't they? So you can visit and pay your respects for free, but if you want to visit the museum, you pay a reasonable entry fee. I don't have a problem with that, and especially since family members of the deceased are exempt from the entry fee.

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I looked up the admission to the Reagan Library and the Museum of Tolerance because we've gone to both within the past year. $15 each for adults. $20 - $25 seems reasonable for what it is. If I get the opportunity to go, I will gladly pay that. I say a segment on 60 Minutes and it looks amazing!

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

That said, I think $25 is a bit steep. Most museums here in NYC, except for The Met, charge less than $20.

I have been to most of the museums in Washington DC and have been to NYC (although NYC was a few years ago). I do think $25 per person is more than any museum I have gone to or looked into going to. That said, I think they can charge whatever they want or feel they need to. I do not think though, that $25 per person is the average cost of a museum.

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Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is 25.00 for adults although they have a free times as well.
Boston Aquarium is currently 19.95 but is usually 22.95 for an adult.

Those are just the first 2 that I could think of locally. Seems like it's the going rate in a major northeast city.

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Locally here the Academy of Sciences is $30, DeYoung is $27 if you view a special exhibit, SFMOMA is $24 if you view a special exhibit, Asian Art is $22 on a weekend if you view a special exhibit, Aquarium of the Bay is $18 (and it's a total rip-off!) and Exploratorium is $25 (and it's totally worth it!) They all offer free admission on certain days, most offer discounts if you use public transit & present a valid pass, and you can also purchase "CityPass" or "Go S.F." cards that give you discounted admissions to multiple venues. I think they probably bump up general admission prices because they anticipate a certain level of discounts.