As of January 21, Dallas Museum of Art embarked on a revolutionary journey for museums that will make access to art and cultural enrichment more available to everyone. Although the museum's admission fee has never been outrageous, we know that in this economy many families struggle to make ends meet and have little left over for aesthetics and outings. If we as a society believe that art makes us civilized, it should be available for the enjoyment of all. Charging admission to view it, appreciate it and learn from it, limits its ability to inspire to those who can pay.
This may or may not have been the original intent behind the DMA's bold move, however it is a very positive effect. That's right, general admission to the Dallas Museum of Art is now free.
Traveling temporary exhibits may still have their own fee, however, admission to the permanent exhibits, gift shop and even some events will bring communities together to share the DMA.
"Museums should be free. They should be for everyone," Jose Garcia said upon his visit. I have to agree. If the DMA is able to maintain this policy long term, we may just see other museums follow suit. For now, let's celebrate the DMA, by making a first-time or even a return visit and share the love of art.