Big Donation Means Free Museum Sundays
There's been a lot of sad tales of budget woes from museums lately (in fact another, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, just announced a 10 percent staff cut) so it's nice to read some good news. The Portland Art Museumt in Portland, Oregon will be open for free on four Sundays thanks to the generosity of one family. The family of Robert Miller, Fred Meyer's former chief executive officer and professional investor, and his wife Sharon have made a $1 million gift in Sharon's name which will fund four free Sundays a year. The donations will give families a chance to see the museum for free (admission for regular exhibits is $10 for adults and $9 for seniors and students).
The first free Sunday is on March 22. This latest gift is part of a series of donations that, as Oregon Live reports, have allowed the museum to keep a free admission policy, keeping it aligned with other major American museums. Other gifts have allowed free admission for anyone under 17 and for free museum tours for school groups. The museum is, like others, keeping an eye on the bottom line and plans cost-saving measures such as creating projects based on work from the museum's collection and having exhibitions run for longer periods.