Experience, Carsten Höller’s current exhibition at the New Museum has been one of the fall’s most popular shows, in large part because it includes a 102-foot slide that visitors can zoom down, a sensory deprivation tank, and a mirrored carousel. As New York Magazine critic Jerry Saltz recently explained in a piece about how museums have become playgrounds, “It’s arty junk food.” Unfortunately for those of us who haven’t indulged yet, it turns out that all of that fun comes at a price — a $4 admission hike to be exact.
“Due to unprecedented attendance for the Carsten Höller exhibition and increased staffing needs, we have increased admission prices,” Gabriel Einsohn, a spokeswoman for the New Museum, told NewYorkology. “It is most likely not a permanent increase.” Given that the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum both recently increased their admission prices to a recommended $25 donation, the current $16 rate at the New Museum is hardly the most expensive ticket in town — and if you’re willing to fight the crowds, you can always check out the Höller exhibition for free on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9pm. [via ArtsBeat]