Some museums and art galleries charge admission fees, while others have free entry. Do you think the advantages of admission fees outweigh the disadvantages?
With the increasing popularity of museums and art galleries, whether or not they should be free of charge has drawn much discussion amongst the general public. Whilst many advocates claim that people should be charged to enter these places, their opponents may argue otherwise. Personally, I am inclined to the view that the merits outweigh the drawbacks.
One of the cogent reasons for charging fees is that the building and the maintaining costs of any major museums and art galleries are tremendous. Undoubtedly, by charging a reasonable entry fee, it can definitely help covering the cost incurred from day-to-day activities such as utility bills, repairing costs, renovation and staff costs. Additionally, the entrance fees allow a museum or an art gallery to expand quicker and they can buy in more exhibits to attract more people. Consequently, charging an admission fee seems very utilitarian to create a better museums and galleries.
However, the major drawback to charging admission fees is that it may reduce the number of visitors. This is particularly disadvantageous if poor members of society are unable to afford to visit these places. It seems a great pity if children and economically disadvantaged people are unable to benefit from the culture experiences these venues provide.
In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that the benefits of an entry fee to museums and art galleries prevail over the downsides. However, it is recommended that they can provide concessions to special groups such as students, disabled people and so on. Only by doing so can we ensure that people are still willing to pay a visit albeit financially.