Latest 9/11 Museum Freak-out: $20 admission fee!?!Posted: June 17, 2011
That’s right, folks, if the 9/11 Museum and Memorial doesn’t get some more funding fast, they’ll be forced to charge us red-blooded Americans (and foreign visitors) a $20 admission fee.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Joe Daniels, the president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, told City Council members at a hearing that once the museum opens in September 2012, it must generate enough income to maintain itself and the memorial. The foundation is searching for other ways to finance the upkeep of the memorial, but Daniels said Thursday that if none can be found visitors would be asked to pay entrance fees comparable to ticket prices at other major museums in New York City, which he said charge about $20.
People are already freaking out! From UPI.com:
“I represent the third-poorest district in the city, and I can tell you most of my constituents won’t be able to afford $20 or $25,” Bronx City Councilman Fernando Cabrera said at a hearing Thursday, the New York Daily News reported.
Julie Menin, chairwoman of Community Board 1, which represents the lower Manhattan area, responded: “This is not the Met and it’s not an art museum. This is where we were attacked and we don’t want to make it cost-prohibitive.”
Umm…. I call bullshit. It seems pretty evident to me that the $20 admission fee has been announced only to incite opposition and motivate more federal/state/city funding. I tend to agree with Ms. Menin that a $20 mandatory fee is clearly absurd for a site so freighted with national identity and emotion (Although why she thinks it is ok to charge more for an art museum is beyond me. Is art not as necessary to national well-being?).
The public will likely hold the government accountable for the crazy fee and the government will shell out the necessary monies until the museum is either more affordable (say $10 or less), free, or (and this is more likely) has a suggested donation.
Seriously, people, the freak out has a purpose and it too shall pass.