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jishfernholz
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Should Museums be free?

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Hummingbird28
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/7/2016 Category: Arts
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jishfernholz

Con

I don't think that museums should be free. First of all, museums need the money to buy and maintain their art. Second of all, paying a few bucks at the door can keep the 'bad apples' out of the museum. Some people may say that letting museums be free will let people who could not normally afford to be in the museum look at art except, if they can't even afford to go to a museum then why aren't they working right now? Thanks.
Hummingbird28

Pro

Museums should be free because all people should have equal access to resources. Everyone should be able to visit museums, regardless of income or wealth. Museums are essential learning tools, and, if used properly, educate everyone. Should people be forced to pay, however, the achievement gap between high-income and low-income students will widen. While it may be true that museums need substantial funds to operate, a fee should still not be required. An optional donation, such as the one for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, works well. Those who can afford to donate, even a small amount, will do so, while those who are unable do not. This is convenient for everyone. In conclusion, mandating a entrance fee is not only unjust, but also unethical, and it is much more sensible to have a suggested, not required, donation.
Debate Round No. 1
jishfernholz

Con

I may have to argue, Hummingbird, The Met is one of the biggest museums in the world. What about the smaller ones which struggle more do you actually think that they will be able to get by with the donations of people just 'feeling' generous? No one is actually going to give up their own money for some cheapskate date, trying to make themselves seem 'cultured'. You may say that the government should pay the museums but really they aren't much better then the 'cultured' person trying to get out of museum fees.
Hummingbird28

Pro

Though you say smaller museums struggle when people cannot pay to visit them, it is important to consider that a significant portion of museums' funding comes from wealthy donors. Furthermore, if people cannot pay a full fee, they may still pay a considerable portion of it. Should they be forced to pay a large fee they won't come, or pay, at all. However, let's say two people would have gone to a museum when the price was $30, but when $30 is a suggested donation three additional people come and also pay $15 each. The museum gets $105 where it would have gotten $60. In this arrangement, both the museum in question and the people benefit. People should be encouraged to pay what they can, no more and no less. Not requiring the people to expend their money on museum admission is advantageous to museums as well as the public.
Debate Round No. 2
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Vote Placed by Hayd 8 months ago
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jishfernholzHummingbird28Tied
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Reasons for voting decision: Pr9o argues that it should because then art is open to everyone regardless of wealth, and doners cannot provide funds to the museum. Con responds by saying that people won't donate, but Pro negates by saying that most of museums' funding comes from doners anyways. Con argues that a fee would keep bad people out, but Pro shows that art should be for everyone. Since Con failed to negate Pro's arguments, and Con's arguments were negated, Pro wins.
Vote Placed by Peepette 9 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: CON contends fees help with maintenance and keep the riff raff who don?t work out of museums. Donations don?t help small museums and cultured people are cheap. PRO rebuts with equal access due to educational benefit, smaller museums are backed by wealthy donors and those who can?t pay a full priced can pay a lesser amount, that also benefits the museum. Debate to PRO on stronger points made; equal access and alternative partial pay option presented. S&G: Command of language equal. Sources tied: Neither side presented any to bolster arguments. Conduct tied, both were respectful.