An Admission Fee For Smithsonian Museums? | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

An Admission Fee For Smithsonian Museums?

Play associated audio

A presidential commission is recommending that visitors to Smithsonian museums be charged a fee.

President Obama's deficit reduction commission is recommending that the Smithsonian institution museums get less money from Congress and begin charging admission fees.

Leaders of the bi-partisan commission are suggesting that Smithsonian funding be cut by $225 million. The commission says the loss could be made up by charging about $7.50 in admission fees.

Smithsonian museums have been free since 1846 but in recent decades, the Smithsonian has studied the issue of charging admission fees at least three times and rejected the idea on each occasion.

Smithsonian spokesperson Linda St. Thomas says they have no comment on the report. She also says they have no intention of making visitors pay fees.

NPR

In This Test Kitchen, The Secret To A Great Cookbook Is Try, Try Again

Yotam Ottolenghi and his partner have a thriving food empire that includes wildly successful cookbooks. We go inside their London test kitchen as recipes are put through their paces.
NPR

Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

A U.K. researcher says the environmental argument for eating bugs isn't working on its own. She says chefs and policymakers must "make insect dishes appeal as food, not just a way to save the planet."
NPR

Fact Check: 3 Questions Answered About Bill Clinton's LLC

Does Bill Clinton have a secret corporation that he is using to hide money? Is it intended to pay a lower tax rate? Or is it something else entirely?
NPR

Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate Scanners

The scanners are standard equipment for police, but what's not settled is what happens to all the data collected. That data can link people to certain addresses and flag unusual activity.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.