9/11 museum to charge admission fee

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  1. uggboy
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    || 9/11 museum to charge admission fee ||

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    I must agree with the relatives of victims here. It's absolutely stupid to charge an admission fee for something like this. Maybe do what other countries do and reduce the fee for citizens of the US and charge for foreigners? That would make sense to me.
     
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    The challenge with your plan is most Americans don't have passports!

    While I know there are costs to run such a venue, how would people feel if there was an admission fee to the Vietnam Memorial or the WWII Memorial.

    Clearly there's a way. Here's an ideal...Let's cut funding for the Department of Agriculture by 0.5% to cover this cost. Surely Ag can find a way to save a few pennies without sacrificing their mission. Or...we could cut customs pre-clearance in Shannon Airport (for the [two] flights a day to the US from SNN)?
     
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    I understand, but all Americans do have SS numbers...nonetheless, I am confident that such a plan would be logistically plausible. It doesn't matter though as we aren the ones making the choices.
     
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    It's often forgotten, but 12% of the victims of 9/11 attacks were foreign nationals. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_September_11_attacks#Foreign_casualties for a breakdown by country.

    I am not sure why it would make sense to charge for admission to this museum, for anyone. I have visited the memorial plaza, but I don't think I would visit the museum if I am being charged $25. It just seems wrong.

    I would not provide my Social Security number to a private organization for the purpose of determining my citizenship (and it won't work anyway, since there are LOTS of foreign citizens with social security numbers).
     
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    Or we could withdraw from Afghanistan a couple days earlier. Or something like that. Lots of opportunities to save.
     
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    What do you mean? Mine is 003-44-2185. Prove it isn't ;)

    I guess its new york, everything cost at least $25 right?

    (In truth I agree, no more should there a be fee for it than for the Vietnam Memorial, though the Irony of charging money for access to the memorial to destruction of a temple of capitalism is not lost on me)
     
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    I think it's unfortunate that they have to charge (especially if as expensive as 25.00, why not 5.00), but there is a difference between the Washington memorials -- they are run by NPS while I believe the museum is a private organization and not related to any gov't agency like NPS.

    The Memorial isn't actually charging a fee, it's the Museum. They are saying that admission to the Memorial will still be free.

    That said, personally I would have liked to see NPS run the memorial in NYC as opposed to it being a private organization especially since the Flight 93 Memorial is: http://www.nps.gov/flni/
     
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    Congratulations on the new loan! ;)
    I hadn't picked up on that but now do indeed see it too!
    Perhaps some other budding entrepreneur will open a competing museum and charge $20?
     
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    Not all NPS sites are free. Some National Parks have entrance fees. Those fees are moderate, IMO. The reason they're as small as they are, is that the NPS is an agency of the federal government and is funded through the federal appropriations process. If the 9/11 museum/memorial isn't going to get government funding, they're going to have to have an admission fee of some kind. They can't get by just on fundraising the way the economy is today. It's just not possible.
     
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    Well, good luck to them.
     
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    National parks and battlefields -- True but I don't know of any National Memorial or National Shrine that charges admission of any type.

    For example as mentioned Flight 93 National Memorial, any Memorial in DC, Pearl Harbor. They are all free.

    It's certainly insensitive that they want to charge 25.00 to go into the museum, 5 bucks ok, donation with suggested amount also ok.
     
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    This one won't, either. The article linked in the OP specifically states in the second paragraph: Entry to the memorial plaza with its twin reflecting pools will still be free." The $25 admission fee is only for the museum. And some people would consider battlefields to be shrines.

    Is it insensitive to ask them to risk operating at a financial loss? From the article: With the cost of operating the memorial and museum projected to be 60 million dollars (£39 million) a year..." Where's the $60 million going to come from if not from admission fees?
     
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    Where did they think it would come from when they started plannng and then building the museum?
     
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    Sounds like the museum was misplanned? Again, I say if you want, make a recommended donation, but not mandatory 25.00 per person.

    The 9/11 museum isn't the Museum of Natural history or the MET and shouldn't be treated with a "admission fee".

    Good question, it seems like they had no idea.
     
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    And then people won't pay, or if they do pay, won't pay very much. How do they cover costs then?
     
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    Wow, that just seems so steep. But tourists WILL pay it because its a major part of New York now.

    Maybe should be a lower mandatory fee and donations welcomed? Due to the nature of the museum it's surely likely to get donations.
     
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    Tourists WILL pay, but is it fair to win money, because the place is famous with 1000+ people losing their lives....
     

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