For the first time since 2009, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will raise the price of admission, making art lovers dig deeper into their pockets to enjoy the displays.
As of June 10, general admission prices will change to $16 for adults; $12 for seniors age 60 and older, active/retired military personnel, and first responders with ID; and $10 for students with ID. That represents an increase of $6 for adults and students, and $8 for seniors. However, the museum is expanding its age limit for free admission for kids, going from 12 and under to 17 and under.
Admission will remain free for Modern members.
A museum spokeswoman said the price increase comes as a result of the museum's increased costs. "We haven’t adjusted our prices since 2009, and the cost of presenting these world-class major exhibitions has increased," said Modern spokeswoman Kendal Smith-Lake.
The price increase will coincide with the museum's latest traveling exhibition, Takashi Murakami: "The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg," running June 10-September 16. The retrospective showcases more than three decades of Murakami's paintings, from his earliest mature works to his most recent, never-before-seen paintings.
During that exhibition, the museum will also adjust its free and half-price admission days. Instead of the current free admission on Sundays or half-price admission on Wednesdays, the museum will offer half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays. Future plans for discounted admission days will be announced in the fall.
Visitors still have a little more than a week to take advantage of the current lower prices to see the popular exhibit, Ron Mueck: "New Works," which closes on May 6.
General admission to the Modern includes access to all permanent collection exhibitions, special and traveling exhibitions, and scheduled tours. Free admission and docent-guided tours are available for school groups with advance reservations. Access to the Grand Lobby; Café Modern, the Museum's restaurant; and the Modern Shop is always free.