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Starting next month, it'll cost more for non-Chicago residents to get into the Field Museum.
The Chicago Park District on Wednesday approved increasing the general admission fee by $3 for non-Chicago residents. While children under 3 years old can enter the museum for free, it will cost $13 for children ages 3 to 11, $15 for seniors or students with a valid ID and $18 for adults.
The discounted admission for Chicago residents did not change and is priced at free for children under 3 years old, $8 for children ages 3 to 11, $10 for seniors or students with a valid ID and $13 for adults.
In addition to the museum's 52 free days a year, Illlinois teachers and students on school trips, police officers, firefighters and active military personnel get free admission, said Jim Croft, museum executive vice president.
Non-Chicago residents account for 80 percent of the museum's annual visitor base and the price increase is projected to generate an additional $300,000 for the museum, he said. Museum attendance has stayed relatively flat at 1.2 million visitors a year.
The increased admission fee is comparable, Croft said, to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, which charges adults $22, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, which charges adults $13 for admission.
The Field Museum requested the increase to help offset rising expenses, including the cost the museum will now have to pay the city for water and sewer service, which used to be waived by the city. In addition, the museum made cuts to its operating budget, offered early retirement packages to staff and merged departments to be more financially viable.
The change in admission prices for the Field Museum comes after the park district raised admission fees for the Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry earlier this year.
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