Buying a membership at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has just gotten more expensive. Starting this month, the museum has raised the prices across most of its membership levels -- its first increase in six years.
The price of a basic, one-year individual membership has risen to $60 from $50, while the price of an annual membership for two people has jumped to $110 from $90. The membership levels come with a new perk that allows members to get a 30% discount on up to two additional general admission tickets on each visit.
Student memberships have also gone up. The cost for an individual student membership for one year is now $30, up from $25.
LACMA said on its website that the increases are due to rising costs associated with an expanded slate of exhibitions. "Membership contributions are an important part of maintaining a balanced budget and continuing to engage the broad and diverse communities we serve," the museum said.
Memberships provide for free general admission for the year, plus a number of extra benefits. The annual dues for the level previously known as "Patron" has increased to $250 from $200, and has been renamed "Friend."
The annual dues for the levels of "Partner" and "Supporter" have remained unchanged at $1,200 and $600, respectively.
General admission to LACMA costs $15 per person, with special exhibitions sometimes requiring an extra fee.