By Julie Shapiro
LOWER MANHATTAN — The 9/11 museum at the rebuilt World Trade Center will charge up to $25 admission when it opens next year, museum president Joe Daniels said Thursday.
Daniels likened the entry fee to that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is raising its suggested donation to $25 this summer.
"This will be a world-class museum," Daniels said at a Thursday morning City Council hearing about the 10th anniversary of 9/11. "[The admission fee] would be in line with other world-class institutions in New York City."
Daniels has not decided what the final 9/11 museum fee will be will be, or whether it will be a suggested donation, like the Met, or a requirement for admission. That depends on how much federal money the National September 11 Memorial & Museum receives, along with how much the foundation is able to raise privately, he said.
Daniels said the museum would definitely have to charge some entry fee in order to run the museum and maintain the 8-acre, tree-shaded memorial plaza, which is opening this Sept. 11 with waterfalls in the Twin Towers footprints. Daniels mentioned the museum may consider a $20 admission charge.
Family members of 9/11 victims would never have to pay admission, Daniels said. School groups would receive a discounted rate.
Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who chaired Thursday's hearing, said it was fitting for the museum to charge an admission fee, as long as children don't have to pay full price.
"They should ask for a contribution, especially when a lot of [visitors] are coming from all over the world," Chin said.
Charles G. Wolf, 57, a Greenwich Village resident whose wife, Katherine Wolf, was killed on 9/11, said the fee would make people value the museum more.
"You don't appreciate what you get for free," Wolf said.