As NUVO’s Scott Shoger reported on Dec, 12, the IMA will begin charging a general admission fee in April 2015: “An $18 adult general admission ticket will include parking and access to all exhibitions and permanent collections (including special exhibitions such as Dream Cars that were separately ticketed when general admission to the museum was free).” Admission’s free the first Thursday of the month from 4-9 p.m.
So how’s that compare to other Midwestern burgs similar in size to Indy or even bigger? The answer: the IMA will top the charts when it comes to admission.
After a quick check of museum websites, here’s the rundown for general admissions (some of these do have an extra parking fee):
Cincinnati Museum of Art — FREE
Cleveland Museum of Art — FREE
Columbus Museum of Art — $12, but FREE on Sundays
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville — $8
Speed Art Museum, Louisville (CLOSED through 2016 for expansion)
St. Louis Art Museum — FREE
Detroit Institute of Arts — $8 EXCEPT residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties — FREE (The city of Detroit’s in Wayne Co.)
Milwaukee Art Museum — $14
Des Moines Art Center — FREE
Minneapolis Institute of Arts — FREE
Walker Museum, Minneapolis (Contemporary art) — $14
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN — $10
Brooks Memphis Museum of Art — $7
And in ILLINOIS:
Art Institute of Chicago — $23 — but $18 if you live in Chicago.