The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will start charging admission to for its permanent collection, citing growing demand, increased operating costs, and declining government funding.
Beginning on April 1, it will cost $12 to get in to see the collections and discovery exhibitions for adults 31 years of age and older.
There will, however, be a number of exceptions. Admission will continue to be free for art students and teachers, those from low-income neighbourhoods registered in programs sponsored by Museum donors, Museum VIPs, ticketholders for major exhibits, those 65 and over on Thursdays, and the general public on the last Sunday of every month.
It will also be free for everyone during the Christmas holiday period (Dec. 26-Jan. 2) and during the Spring Break period.
A statement from the Museum says the decision to charge admission was made because of its own success in attracting schoolchildren, families and community groups.
The museum adds all funds raised as a result of the new admission policy will go to it's "growing needs in education," noting that as a non-profit organization and not a government-run institution, it has to fund more than half of its own operating costs, and the full cost of acquiring new works.