The Hallie Ford Museum of Art has announced that it will change its admission rates on Aug. 31, 2013. This represents the first admission rate change since the museum opened in October of 1998 and will more closely reflect the admission fees of other Salem cultural organizations. New rates will be $6 for general admission, $4 for seniors (age 55+), $3 for individual teachers and students (age 18+ with school ID) while students and children (age 0-17) will receive free admission. For groups of 8 or more adults with a reservation, admission will be $4 per person. Student groups (college and K-12) with reservations will receive free admission.
Museum membership prices will remain the same and include year-round admission. Memberships start at $25 for individuals while membership at the $100 level and above include admission to over 650 additional museums participating in the North American Reciprocal Museum program.
In addition to the new policy of free admission for youths up to age 17, the museum will continue to offer approximately 80 complementary events per year that range from free admission every Tuesday, to a wide variety of special lectures, films, tours and family events.
Director John Olbrantz says, “In these challenging economic times it is important that the museum experience remains accessible and continues to provide an affordable and valuable cultural experience for our visitors. In the 15 years since we opened our doors, the museum has seen substantial growth in programs, collections and exhibitions. Changing the admission structure at this time ensures our ability to maintain our outstanding offerings.”
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is Oregon’s third largest art museum and celebrates the creativity of the human spirit as it is reflected in the art of different cultures, different places and different times. Special exhibitions range from classical works to modern masters, while the permanent galleries feature works by Pacific Northwest and Native American artists, as well as a diverse collection of Ancient, European, American and Asian art.
The museum is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. For more information call 503-370-6855 or visit willamette.edu/arts/hfma.