June 6, 2014 4:21 pm
Updated: June 6, 2014 4:22 pm

Rights museum reveals admission costs

Looking up at the main tower inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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WINNIPEG – The Canadian Museum for Human Rights says its admission prices are comparable to a trip to the movies, the Assiniboine Park Zoo, or pizza at home with the family.

When doors finally open September 20th, here’s what it will cost to step inside:

$15 dollars for adults

$12 for seniors and students

$8 for youth

Kids under 7 – free

The CMHR says they did surveys across the country before setting its rates.

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“People thought they were fair, the feedback was resounding.  People were very positive. ” said Jacuqes Lavergne, Director of Earned Revenue and Visitors Services.

The museum cost $351 million dollars to build and was over ten years in the making.

John Bartlett walks by it regularly and says the prices seem reasonable.

“If you look at other comparable things in the city….it’s around $15 dollars per person,” said Bartlett.  “I’ve seen pictures of the inside but I would really like to go and experience things for myself.”

Admission to Assiniboine Park Zoo will actually go up to $19.43 in July.  The Manitoba Museum is $9.

The CMHR is the first National museum to be built outside of Ottawa, and admission is relatively the same.

The War Museum and Canadian Museum of History each cost $13 dollars plus tax.

CHMR rates include taxes.

But no matter the admission, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says visitors should be mindful they represent only a fraction of the true cost.

The federal government will pay the $21.7 million dollar operating budget for the CMHR.  Divide that by the number of estimated visitors, (250,000) and the subsidy per head is $86.

“Our recommendation is to just leave money in peoples pockets and they can decide if they want to fund it or not,” said Colin Craig, Prairie Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has set adult admission at $15, seniors and students $12, youth 7-17 at $8 and those under 7 are free.

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