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|Admission Going Up at Lincoln Museum
|A new exhibit is coming to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield this fall, but you'll pay more to see it. Just as the museum touts the "Team of Rivals" exhibit, which will open Oct. 14, it's announcing admission price hikes that will affect most visitors.
Prices will go up by $2 for individuals (except active military personnel), and $1.50 for people who are part of group tours. The youngest of children will still get in free. The changes go into effect July 1.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum spokesman Dave Blanchette explains that the cost of operating the world-class facility means that the admission price increases are necessary. He says that although the Lincoln museum is close to the top in terms of such museum prices, he says this museum accommodates many more visitors than the others. It attracts about 400,000 visitors per year.
As for whether the price hikes could keep some people from visiting, Blanchette doesn't expect it. He says attendance went up during the recession, and he thinks people still will see the museum as "a treasure in their own backyards."
Prices will be:
* $12 for adults, up from the current $10
* $6 for children ages 5–15, up from the current $4
* $9 for senior citizens and students, up from the current $7
* $7 for individuals who are part of group tours, up from $5.50 per person
The price for active duty military personnel will remain $7. Pre-arranged school tours and children under 5 still will be admitted free.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|06 01 10 by Newsroom
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