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By Madam Cholet 15 July 2013 25

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!).

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Ben_Dover 10:34 am 17 Jul 13

I’ve been twice, will go again. At $25 a head it’s a steal.

dungfungus 8:35 am 17 Jul 13

poetix said :

I love the national cliche thing that the gallery has going on here. French exhibition? Sell knickers promoted as lingerie. English artist? High tea, obviously.

If there was an exhibition of the artists banned by the Nazis there’d probably be sauerkraut and kranski.

Let’s hope they don’t have a McCarthy exhibition then as I would dread to think may be on the menu.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/29/inflatable-poop-paul-mccarthy-installation-hong-kong_n_3178719.html

poetix 11:41 pm 16 Jul 13

I love the national cliche thing that the gallery has going on here. French exhibition? Sell knickers promoted as lingerie. English artist? High tea, obviously.

If there was an exhibition of the artists banned by the Nazis there’d probably be sauerkraut and kranski.

c_c™ 11:06 pm 16 Jul 13

Nightshade said :

Madam Cholet said :

Definitely only purchased two adult tickets – have checked and says two adults. I bought via the NGA (then to ticketek), and was checking their prices, although website not working right now so can’t confirm. Possibly my bad then. Oh well, at least I can endorse the high tea as yummy, but maybe a tad expensive then?

My reading of the NGA site is that an adult ticket is $25, but a ticket-high tea package is $64. That makes it $39 for the high tea. It would want to be yummy for that price!

Fool and money soon parted, and ‘value adding’ stuff like that is where the profit is.

Nightshade 9:34 pm 16 Jul 13

Madam Cholet said :

Definitely only purchased two adult tickets – have checked and says two adults. I bought via the NGA (then to ticketek), and was checking their prices, although website not working right now so can’t confirm. Possibly my bad then. Oh well, at least I can endorse the high tea as yummy, but maybe a tad expensive then?

My reading of the NGA site is that an adult ticket is $25, but a ticket-high tea package is $64. That makes it $39 for the high tea. It would want to be yummy for that price!

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