Top 10 Priciest Museum Admissions Around The World
By Mirka Santos
For many people, traveling around the world means immersing in the culture of the country they are visiting. This includes roaming the streets like a local, learning the local language, and eating local food. Enthusiasts of arts and history make it a point to visit museums within the area to get a good idea about the country’s culture and art throughout the decades.
Going to museums means that you are going to witness expertly curated exhibits and expensive art collections. Because of this, you can expect to pay an admission fee in order to gain access to these displays. In most elite museums around the world, tickets are bound to be expensive; especially as these institutions usually face tight funding pressures.
If you are an enthusiastic traveler with a passion for art, culture, and history, you might want to drop by some museums in the countries you visit in. Curious about which museums have the most expensive admission price? Continue reading to find out what exhibits will set you back a pretty penny.
10. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Let’s start off with the Van Gogh Museum in The Netherlands. Starting with the price of €19 for adult admission tickets, this institution has the cheapest price on this list. It also offers free admission to visitors under 18 years old and Vincent’s Friends (membership cardholders), provided that they reserve tickets.
The best thing about this place is that it does not impose additional charges for special exhibitions. This means that you can access the permanent collection and current exhibitions for the normal price. You will be able to observe Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, The Potato Eaters, as well as other famous works of art.
9. Frick Collection, New York City
Next is the Frick Collection, which features Johannes Vermeer’s Mistress and Maid, as well as Officer and Laughing Girl in its permanent collection. These pieces are also accompanied by the works of El Greco, Giovanni Bellini, Titian, and Edouard Manet.
Aside from the $22-dollar fee for adults, the museum offers discounted admissions for senior citizens ($17) and students ($12). Moreover, it offers a “pay what you wish” admission on Sundays between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. However, children under 10 are not allowed in the museum.
8. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Another museum in Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum, is a premier institution that carries a wide variety of masterpieces from various artists. This year, it is commemorating the 350th death of Rembrandt and is, thus, showing this works to the world.
Visitors who buy their tickets online can get them for €19 ($21). Children aged 18 and under can enter the place for free. Those who are Friends of the Rijksmuseum and museum cardholders also enjoy free admission.
7. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Ranked number seven is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It offers $25 tickets for general admission. If you have a senior citizen’s ID, you can buy a ticket for $17 and students can enter for $12. Further, it is free for members, patrons, and children below 12.
Currently, a wide variety of exhibitions are on view. Visitors can enjoy a diverse collection of art and cultural works from Native American pieces to Chinese art. For its permanent collection, the Met also carries a range of Islamic, Asian and Western works.
6. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
It seems that $25 is the highest admission price for museums as for as the United States goes. However, their offerings are ranked on this list depending on how much discount they give to certain groups such as seniors, students, and children.
For the Guggenheim, general admissions cost $25, while students and seniors with the right ID can enter the place for $18. They also give free admission to children under 12 and members. In addition, the museum offers a ‘pay what you wish’ on Saturdays from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
5. Museum of Modern Art, New York City
The Museum of Modern Art in NYC offers discounts for senior citizens and people with disabilities; they can access the collection and exhibits for $18. Meanwhile, students can enter the premises for $14 and children under 16 years old are admitted for free.
In this place, you can expect to see collections that contain around 200,000 modern and contemporary works. From the quaint 3D-printed glass collection to the masterpieces dating back to 150 years ago, the MoMA is definitely a must-visit in NYC.
4. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City
Another one from NYC, the Whitney Museum of American Art is a great way to get to know American artwork. Its collection contains more than 25,000 masterpieces made by over 3,500 American artists who worked in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Tickets cost $25 for adults. Admission is $18 for seniors, students, and visitors with disabilities (with one free admission for an accompanying carer). Anyone 18 years old and under, as well as members, are freely admitted.
3. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
This museum also imposes a $25 admission fee for adults who are not Chicago residents. However, it offers a smaller discount for seniors, college students, and teens from 14 to 17 years old ($19).
Chicago residents enjoy lower rates for adults ($20), seniors ($14), students ($14) and teens (free). Meanwhile, Illinois residents get discounts for adults ($22), seniors ($16), students ($16), and teens ($16). An additional $7 fee applies for special exhibitions.
2. Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland
Going to Switzerland, the Kunsthaus in Zurich offers admissions for 26 Swiss Francs. This price gives guests access to all current exhibitions and the main collections. All concessions cost 19 Swiss Francs ($19), while members under 17 years old are admitted for free.
The collection consists of the most notable masterpieces. Currently, it has almost 4,000 paintings and sculptures. It also contains 95,000 prints and drawings ranging from the 13th century to contemporary times.
1. Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Coming in at number one is the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam. The tickets cost €25 per adult. Admissions are free for children, up to and including 11 years old, and for Amsterdam City Card holders.
It holds a collection of a whopping 3 million pieces. However, only a small portion of it is on permanent display. No need to fret though, the institution hosts a variety of exhibits all year-round, allowing you to see the most beautiful masterpieces on display.
Immersing yourself in a nation’s culture is important. Seeing the most prized artistic and cultural works allows you to see a curated view of its history. So, are you up for the challenge of hitting these museums with the most expensive admission prices?
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