Being footloose and fancy free at the weekend a friend and I agreed to have an afternoon out at the latest blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery. I’m a regular at these things – getting my fill of travelling culture that I may never get the chance to see again.
Anyhow, my thirst for culture aside, I have been thinking that the prices of these exhibitions is getting to be a bit ludicrous. Your average, non-concession ticket is $55, and obviously if you are booking for more than one or two it could get quite astronomical. We decided this time to get a regular entry ticket, but add on high tea. So that was a $55 ticket plus $10 for the high tea which turned out (after a bit of questionable service), to be rather yummy and more than filling for two people.
Add on to that $4.95 to pick the tickets up from the front desk from someone I hazard a guess was already rostered on that day and paid accordingly to be there. So why the 4.95 fee?
So total trip to the gallery for two with yummy high tea? $135.00. Without the high tea it would have still been $115. Is the cost of these exhibitions making it only for those who can afford it? And is that fair? Can these exhibitions be done any cheaper? Should the gallery started charging for entry everyday to help alleviate the costs for these mega exhibitions?
In conclusion, the exhibition is beautiful, however the best value part of this ticket seems to be the high tea for about $10. (I didn’t need dinner when I got home – shame it’s not sold on its own!).