Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery, CMCP introduce admission fees

Ottawa, Canada - July 15, 2004

Le MBAC et le MCPC instaurent des droits d'entrée

Faced with rising costs to maintain its operations, the National Gallery of Canada will begin charging admission to its permanent collection. The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) will also introduce fees for its special exhibitions. The new fee structure will be implemented October 1, 2004. 

“The decision to introduce admission fees is not an easy one to make. However, the rising costs of doing business, caring for the collection and operating the Gallery and CMCP facilities required the Gallery to re-evaluate its current practices,” said Donald R. Sobey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

“We believe that the revenues from the permanent collection will help the Gallery to continue to offer Canadian and international exhibitions and dynamic programming,” said Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery.

Through this initiative, the National Gallery of Canada and the CMCP join the other federally funded museums in the Ottawa region, who already charge admission to their permanent collection. It should be noted that the National Gallery and the CMCP will remain the only national museums to offer free admission to children under 12.

Admission to the NGC’s permanent collection will be set at $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $3 for youths aged 12 to 19, and $12 for families. There will be no change to current admission fees for the Gallery’s special exhibitions, which will also include access to the permanent collection. CMCP admission will be $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $2 for youths and $8 for families.

Joining the Friends of the National Gallery of Canada gives members unlimited access to the permanent collection and all special exhibitions, along with other benefits. Individual membership costs $75 annually, while a family membership costs $90. Seniors and students can become Friends of the National Gallery of Canada for $40.

Admission to the National Gallery’s permanent collection and CMCP exhibitions will be free on Thursdays after 5 p.m., and on special days including Canada Day and a day in celebration of International Museums Day.

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