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June 26th, 2009
Museum Announces New Admissions Pricing Structure

Effective July 1, 2009, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will change its admissions pricing structure, increasing general (adult) admission and discounted fees for students and seniors by $2 while sustaining its family-friendly policy of free admission to children 12-years-old and younger (who are visiting with families) and free admission to Philadelphia public school groups. The Museum will also retain its popular “pay-what-you-wish” on Sunday policy, but as of July 5, 2009, this pricing will be offered only on the first Sunday of each month instead of every Sunday.

Gail Harrity, the Museum’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, said: “At a moment when the general economic outlook is challenging, we are adopting a modest increase in admission fees and adjusting the pay-what-you-wish policy. At the same time, we are ensuring attractive family-friendly pricing and retaining a day each month when price cannot be a barrier to any visitor for whom affordability could be a concern.”

“This was a difficult, but necessary, step to take but the support that general admission fees provides is critical to sustaining the Museum’s mission, presenting acclaimed exhibitions, and caring for our world-renowned collections. It also enables us to maintain our nationally recognized public programs and ongoing outreach efforts at neighborhood sites throughout the city.”

The new general admissions pricing structure:

• Adult admission: $16 (previously $14)

• Students with I.D. and youth 13-18: $12 (previously $10)

• Seniors: $14 (previously $12)

• Pay-What-You-Wish, first Sunday each month (previously every Sunday)

PLEASE NOTE: Philadelphia Museum of Art members are always admitted free. To become a member, call: 215-684-7840 or visit the website at philamuseum.org/membership.

Admission for visitors coming exclusively to dine in the Museum Restaurant or Cafe, or to shop in the Museum Store, is always free of charge.

Admission to the Museum Library in the Perelman Building is free of charge.

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday evenings until 8:45 p.m. Closed Mondays, except major Monday holidays. Closed July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours subject to change.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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 pressroom@philamuseum.org. 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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