Museum of the Big Bend to charge admission

ALPINE — Starting next Tuesday, March 2, the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University will begin charging an admission fee to visitors. Previously, the museum had been free to visit.

“As we continue on the road of bringing excellent exhibits and educational opportunities to our Big Bend community and visitors, along with expanding the museum’s outreach with a second building, we realized the need to create a more robust and steady source of revenue,” said Mary Bones, the museum’s director.

The new entrance fee will be $5 per person. Those ages 12 and younger — as well as SRSU students, faculty and staff with a current SRSU ID card — will have free admission.

Those with an annual membership to the museum will also be able to get in for free. “Consider becoming a member today!” a news release about the change suggests.

Annual membership runs at $25 for seniors and $50 for individuals. Both those plans come with a subscription to the museum’s eNewsletter and recognition in the eNewsletter. The individual membership will also offer a 10% discount on children’s activities at the museum.

A family plan — for $100 a year — offers those same benefits, as well as a 10% discount at the museum gift shop. That plan allows up to four visitors to visit the museum for free.

The “Friend” plan, for $250 a year, offers those same benefits, plus two tickets to “Trappings of Texas” openings. The “Patron” plan, for $1,000 a year, includes all the benefits of a “Friend” plan, plus two tickets to the museum’s Fall Heritage Dinner.

The “Benefactor” plan, for $2,500, offers all of the previously mentioned benefits, plus recognition of the Fall Exhibit Invitation. Last but not least, the lifetime plan — which costs $10,000 — offers all of the above, plus recognition with a “Lifetime Plaque” in the museum.