As expected, folks are descending upon the New Museum‘s Carsten Höller exhibition, Experience (through January 15), in droves to ride its epic slide, float in its tepid saltwater pool, sit on its super-slow carousel, all of which Jerry Saltz just deemed “arty junk food.” The crowds are so large, the lines so long, that the museum has had to hire extra staff, and consequently has raised the price of admission.
The new price structure went into effect early last month, New Yorkology notes, with general admission raised to $16 from $12, seniors now paying $14 instead of $10 and the student rate raised to $12 from $8. The museum remains free on Thursday evenings from 7pm-9pm, and at all hours for visitors under 18. But the raised admission rates will go back down after the Höller show closes in January, right?
“It is most likely not a permanent increase,” said Gabriel Einsohn, the museum’s communications director. “Due to unprecedented attendance for the Carsten Höller exhibition and increased staffing needs, we have increased admission prices.”
However unlikely the admission price increase’s permanence may be, it would certainly be in keeping with New York City museum trends; in the past year the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum and Brooklyn Museum have all increased their admission prices.