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July 25th, 2001
Museum Announces Changes in Admission Prices, Effective August 1, 2001

The Philadelphia Museum of Art today announced changes to its pricing structure, effective August 1, 2001. The Museum is offering free admission to more children and introducing a new Sunday policy of "pay what you wish," while modestly increasing the price of its general (adult) admission and some of its discounted admission fees.

Anne d'Harnoncourt, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum, said: "We are increasing admission fees, in some categories, for the first time since 1997. At the same time, we are also taking steps to maintain a prime visiting time on Sundays, when admission price should not stand in the way of any visitor for whom affordability could be a concern. Several aspects of the changes should be broadly attractive, especially to families with children, while better enabling the Museum to continue to deliver a wonderful experience for all of our visitors. Museum-goers should know that their support is critical to sustaining the Museum's mission and its commitment to presenting nationally recognized public programs, acclaimed exhibitions, and our world-renowned permanent collections."

New admissions pricing structure:

  • Adult admission: $10 (previously $8)
  • Sundays: Pay what you wish, all day (previously free from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., $8 thereafter.)
  • Children (ages 12 and younger): free (previously free for ages 5 and younger)
  • Students (ages 13 +): $7 (increased from $5)
  • Seniors (age 62 +): $7 (increased from $5)
  • Adult groups: $10 adults, $7 seniors (previously $8 and $5)

The following price categories are unaffected by the change:

  • Rodin Museum has a suggested admission of $3
  • Philadelphia Public School Groups are $3 per student
  • Other School Groups are $5 per student
  • Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove historic houses are $2.50 per person per house (Trolley tours also available: $10 adult; $5 child. Depart from West entrance of Museum.)


  • Philadelphia Museum of Art members are admitted free. To become a member, call: (215) 684-7840.
  • Admission for visitors coming exclusively to dine in the Museum Restaurant or Cafeteria, or to shop in the Museum Store, is always free of charge.


Tuesday through Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday evenings until 8:45 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Hours subject to change.

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We are Philadelphia’s art museum. A landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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