THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CHARGE ADMISSIONS FOR ALL SMITHSONIAN VISITS. $10.00 FOR KIDS AGES 5-12 AND $20.00 FOR ALL OTHERS. THIS WOULD HELP WITH THE COST OF UP KEEP AND SALARIES FOR SECURITY. STATE AND LOCAL CITIES CHARGE AND SO SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT. PEOPLE WILL PAY TO VISIT, I WOULD.
Recommend charging admission to the national museums for non-resident visitors. Most (if not all) other countries charge for admission to their national museums. The museums would be kept free to residents of the US; they would just have to provide verification of their residency (Passport, Driver's License, Green Card, etc).
State Farm Insurance is going to sponsor the Kid's Farm at the National Zoo by providing $1.5 million to keep the popular exhibit open. More corporate sponsorships like this would benefit our parks, museums, monuments, and attractions.
Currently, the Smithsonian and other museums report around 30 million visits per year, which includes returning visitors or vistors to multiple sites, staff, etc.; however, access to these museums are free. If we started charging a fee for entry with various options, the government would be bringing in more revenue that would help support the operation of these museums. For example, there could be an option to purchase ...more »