According to art critic Leah Sandals’s charticle over at This Magazine, titled “Admission Impossible,” the answer to that question may be Toronto.
Gaze at her chart, which was published a few months ago, and be amazed:
I did some more research about museums around the world and those Torontonian institutions, hell all the Canadian’s ones, look pretty darn pricey in comparison:
- Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo) — 600 Yen (US$7.26)
- Bridgestone Museum of Art (Tokyo) — 800 Yen (US$9.71)
- Sao Paolo Museum of Art (Sao Paolo) — R$15 (US$8.94)
- National Museum of Anthropology (Mexico City) — 45-150 pesos (US$3.74-$15.80)
- South African National Gallery (Cape Town) — R15 (US$2.07)
- National Museum (Cairo) — £E20 (US$3.36)
- Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul) — 12 TL (US$7.61)
- Alte Nationalgalerie (Berlin) — 8 Euro (US$10.89)
- Hong Kong Museum of Art (Hong Kong) — HK$10 (US$1.29)
- Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) — 300 RUB (US$10.27)
So, why are Canadian museum so pricey? They certainly aren’t better than the others on the list.
Sandals has more discussion about the issue over at her blog, which is always a good read for those interested in the Canadian art scene.