The new admission will rise Saturday to $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.
This is the museum's first price hike in four years, though it did hike the price to $10 for the run of last year's Takashi Murakami exhibition, and that was a mandatory, not suggested entry fee.
The museum will maintain its free admission programs on the first Saturdays of most months. The Brooklyn Museum is one of many cultural outlets offering free or pay-what-you-wish hours each week or each month. The NewYorkology travel site today published an updated list of the city's museums, gardens and zoos with free hours.
“We truly regret that the challenges created by the economic downturn have made it necessary to modestly increase the admissions fee at the Brooklyn Museum,” Arnold Lehman, the Director of the Brooklyn Museum, said in a statement announcing the change. “We are grateful to the Department of Cultural Affairs for its support as we move forward with this suggested admissions increase. However, the Brooklyn Museum and our colleague cultural institutions throughout New York City still represent extraordinary enriching value for all visitors, particularly in this difficult and distressing time.”