Recently, the Brooklyn Museum announced a raised fee for adults while visitors age 20 and below go free. The move is an attempt to foster interest by youth in art and preservation by eliminating the economic hinderances. Starting September 3rd, 20 year olds will enter free-of-charge while adults must pay $16 rather than $12.
In 2011, the MoMA raised its admission fee to $25 from $20, and the suggested admission fee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art increased to $25 from $20. Evidently, there is a struggle between functioning as a business and attracting youth to ensure future business and art appreciation.
The move by the Brooklyn Museum is bold and sets the stage for what may catalyze change in museum fees.