Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry Hike Admission Prices
By Kiratiana Freelon on January 16, 2013 8:12pm
CHICAGO — Chicago residents will have to fork over a few more dollars to get into the Art Institute and Museum of Science and Industry soon.
Admission to the Art Institute will increase $2 for Chicago residents to $18 starting Feb. 1, according to a statement. The hike represents a 12.5 percent increase.
Illinois residents will pay $20. Out-of-state visitors will pay $23, a $5 increase from the previous regular admission price of $18.
The museum is also implementing the payscale for its student and senior discounts. Students and seniors in Chicago will still pay $12, but Illinois and out-of-state seniors and students will pay $14 and $17, respectively.
The Museum of Science and Industry is also increasing its admission price for Chicago residents by $2 to $15. The 15 percent price hike starts Jan. 23. Non-residents will pay $18 instead of the current $15 for admission, the Chicago Tribune reported. The museum also charges hefty additional fees for admission to special exhibits, including the Coal Mine ($8).
The Art Institue will also replace its free days for Illinois residents every first and third Wednesday of the month with free admission Thursday evenings. The free evenings, which last from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., begin Feb. 13, according to the statement.
The Chicago Park District board approved the fee hikes.