9/11 Museum to charge $24 admission when it opens in the spring

The underground museum will charge an entry fee when it opens, but the memorial will remain free for visitors

“Reflecting Absence” The 9/11 Memorial

“Reflecting Absence” The 9/11 Memorial

The long-awaited 9/11 Museum, expected to open in the spring, has announced that it will charge a $24 admission fee. However, the 9/11 Memorial—opened in 2011 and located aboveground, over the museum—will continue to be free. Museum officials said it was necessary to charge for entry in order to finance operations; the center has never received government funding.

However, families affected by 9/11 won't have to pay, and senior, school and other groups will get discounted entry. In addition, the attraction will waive admission charges for three hours every week. The yearly operating budget for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is predicted to be about $63 million; officials expect to cover that figure through private funding and earned revenue like ticket and gift-shop sales. Charging a fee for the museum, they say, will also help defray costs for the monument.

What do you think, readers: Should the foundation charge some sort of fee? Should the government help with funding?

(h/t Crain's)

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