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Old 04-12-2009, 10:56 AM
 
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Does anyone know how the Huntington Art Gallery has managed to survive all these years as a private institution? I used to visit the place every week for years when I went to USC and later when I lived in Pasadena and Arcadia. There was never an admission fee. I always thought this is the way to leave an estate instead of giving the money to relatives.
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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Isn't there a donation box? The old man probably left it so much money that they've managed to fund it from investments. There's also probably foundation that people can donate to, like "Friends of the Huntington" or some such organization.
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:17 PM
 
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I'm assuming you're talking about the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens (the formal name of the museum in San Marino)? They charge admission now - $20 on weekends. I don't know what percentage of their operating funds come from admissions (or membership fees), but most museums depend very heavily on investments (I'm assuming they have a large endowment, although it has probably taken a big hit lately), as well as private donations or grants from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Places like the Huntington also get revenue from event rentals, the museum store, their food operations, reproduction fees, and other sources of revenue. There are also programs set up in place to make it easy for people to leave bequests, etc.

Admission process for museums is sometimes a controversial subject; sometimes if a place has a "suggested donation" they actually get more money than they would if they charge for admission. Probably not in the Huntington's case, though. They do have some free days to keep at least some access for those who can't shell out that kind of money for a visit. (which, even given lower prices for kids, can quickly add up for a family trip; if you visit a place frequently the best bet is almost always to buy a museum membership)

On the other hand, a place like the Huntington has a lot of expenses, so even though they're bringing in a lot of money they're putting it right back into their mission-driven operations.
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:34 PM
 
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In addition to what others are saying, figure private donations from art/landscape fans help. I was there once on business for about 15 minutes (to read the gas meter on the property) - I remember looking out over the lawns and gardens and thinking this place is like a little piece of heaven. With that said, I'd gladly pay $20 to wander around and explore.
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:36 PM
 
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Does anyone know how the Huntington Art Gallery has managed to survive all these years as a private institution? I used to visit the place every week for years when I went to USC and later when I lived in Pasadena and Arcadia. There was never an admission fee. I always thought this is the way to leave an estate instead of giving the money to relatives.
My wife used to work there. They don't have a huge endowment - nothing like any of the Broad-funded museums out there. They don't pay their non-director employees very well. They don't have a huge development staff which, IMHO, is what cripples them. You are correct in wondering how they survive. I wonder that as well. They do charge admission ($15 during the week and $20 weekend) and have for some time now. They don't charge on the first Thursday of the month and my wife hated working those days because of the insane crowds that would mob the place.
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