All galleries, museums and historic soceities including monuments should charge a minimum entry fee (not labeled as a tax nor charging children less than the age of 5). The costs of security and building maintenance is not cheap. A minimum fee would help bring income in to reduce costs and debt.
I live in the DC area and when visitors come to DC they want to see all of the monuments, museums, and Federal buildings. While our tax dollars are hard at work maintaining these facilities, there is a toll put on these places when the public is able to take a tour of (for example) the Pentagon or Office of Printing and Engraving. However, a lot of foreign visitors also take advantage of these tours who do not pay taxes. ...more »
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.