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Mobbed Museums
Should museums limit visitors to their galleries?

Each year, more and more people are visiting the world’s major art museums. In 2013 alone, 9.3 million people poured into the Louvre Museum in Paris. Crowds are good news for ticket sales. But some people argue that museums should limit the number of people allowed to come through their doors.

Overcrowding can be uncomfortable for visitors. It also puts fragile artworks at risk, because accidents occur more often in crowded galleries. In recent years, visitors have broken the extended fingers of an ancient Roman statue in the British Museum several times. At the Detroit Institute of Arts, a child stuck a wad of gum onto a painting worth more than $1.5 million.

Others argue that museums shouldn’t turn people away. They say it would be unfair to prevent anyone from seeing the world’s cultural treasures. By placing a limit on the number of visitors allowed, museums could also face huge financial losses.

Some museums have taken steps to address overcrowding, extending viewing hours or selling timed tickets. But these solutions create new problems. Extended hours mean higher operating costs. And timed tickets, especially for popular exhibitions, have led to scalping. During a 2011 exhibit about Leonardo da Vinci at London’s National Gallery, websites resold $25 timed tickets for as much as $400.

The Vatican Museums in Rome are among those that have adopted a timed-ticket policy. But museum officials are conflicted about the policy. “Attendance should not be allowed to increase,” Vatican Museums director Antonio Paolucci explained, “but the Sistine Chapel has a symbolic, religious value . . . and we can’t set a cap.”

What do you think? Should museums place a limit on the number of visitors they allow into their galleries?

CRAFT AN ARGUMENT
1. What are some effects of overcrowding at museums?
2. What are some reasons why museums should not set a cap on the number of visitors they allow?
3. Choose a side. Should museums limit the number of visitors allowed inside? Why or why not?


The effects of overcrowding at museums, is that the arts or treasures can be broken or harmed and it can cause people to leave because the people are uncomfortable. If the museums allowed a certain amount of people in, they will lose money. Museums should allow a certain amount of people in, because the arts and treasures are special and can be fragile and people need comfort.
Posted by: SandyT . | December 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM
they should not set capsity
Posted by: drake w. | December 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM
The effects of overcrowded museums are that it's more easy to damage or destroy the piece of artwork. If you put a cap on guests those who didn't make the cut will become mad. They shouldn't put number of visitors because it would hurt the museum financially.
Posted by: Charles K. | December 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM
1.) Since there are a lot of people who visit art museums it can lead to trouble. A kid stuck gum on a painting that cost 1.5 million. 2.) Museums shouldn't cap on the number of visitors because they said it would be unfair to prevent anyone from seeing world's cultural treasures. They could also face a huge financial loss. 3.) I don't think they should count any visitors because I believe they can make money out of it and with the money they earn they should just get many guards to protect the expensive paintings and statues etc.
Posted by: Amely V. | December 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM
1.it puts fragile art work at risk and makes vistors uncomfortable 2. everyone should be allowed in and there losing coustemrs 3. they shouldnt cap the number of people that are alowed in because everyone should be alowed in and they are losing costermers
Posted by: cameron l. | December 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM
1.) Some effects of overcrowding at museums are: risking fragile artworks, uncomfortable/ no space for visitors, and the risk of damaging value and defacing the masterpieces. 2.) Some reasons why museums should not set a cap on the number of visitors they allow would be that museums could face huge financial losses. Also, websites can sell the tickets for more than they are worth an make profits off of the museums. 3.) In my opinion, I think that museums should limit the number of visitors allowed inside. My reasoning is that the artwork displayed can be damaged and can be ruined after many years of preservation. Also, the risk of these popular and magnificent pieces are not worth the many people who can be careless.
Posted by: Janet B. | December 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM
I don't think there should be limited people or timed tickets for the museum but for the exhibits.
Posted by: Zyane D. | December 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM
yes the musen should
Posted by: Savannah H. | December 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM
1: Overcrouding can cause people to be unconfortiable and it puts fragile artwork at risk. 2: it causes museums to face huge financial losses,its a regligous value. 3: yes because if they dont then artwork or sculptures can get messed up or broken.
Posted by: Cheyann L. | December 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM
1.One effect of overcrowded musuems is making people unconfortable. 2.One reason they should not put a capacity number for the museums because they wont make alot of money. 3.I think they should put a limit because people cab break things in the museims.
Posted by: Aylena C. | December 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM
1).could put fragile artwork in risk and uncomfortable for the people. 2).because it can cause higher operating costs and have huge financial losses. 3).i choose yes because you could put fragile artwork at risk and the people would have to pay for and it would be unconfortable to guest too.
Posted by: kayla f. | December 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Some affects of overcrowding a museum is that some of the exhibits may be damaged for the visitors. Another side affect is that people cannot be able to full appreciate the artwork. If museums set a capacity limit on the amount of people allowed in the museum would affect the amount of people that would be able to appreciate the artwork. I agree that museums should set a limit to how many people are allowed in a certain area since it depreciates the enrichment of the other visitors that are their at the exhibit.
Posted by: Jackson M. | December 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM
i think we should guide people through the museum and people should line up out side and the people inside should only have a certain amount of time
Posted by: Nerissa R. | December 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM
1)Over crowding can be uncomfortable for visitors. It also puts fragile artworks at risk. 2)Peeople argue that they shouldn't have make a limit of how many people can visit because this causes huge financial losses. It also prevents people from seeing the worlds cultural treasures which is unfair. 3)I think museums should not make a limit because they won't have to worry about huge financial losses and they will be able to be fair to those who want to visit instead of turning them away and not letting them be able to see cultural treasures. I also think that it would be more delightful to welcome people and let them have a look at our museums to enjoy all the fine artwork and be able to make memories.
Posted by: Catheryne T. | December 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM
1.it can be uncomfortable, it puts fragile art work risk. 2.because they might lose customers and money finacailly. 3.i think that they shouldn't be a limited amount because people are aloud to go and do whatever the want. there should not be an amount of people to go in a museum.
Posted by: kaseyw . | December 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM
the effect would be that the painting and spulatures could be broken.Some reasons why musuems shouldnt set a cap on number of visitors allowed inside because they might lose money for certain people inside musuems.I choosed that musems shouldnt put limited people because they might lose money.
Posted by: Evelin G. | December 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM
Also I think that this is pretty cool article. Overcrouding can cause people to be unconfortiable and it puts fragile artwork at risk. 2: it causes museums to face huge financial losses,its a regligous value. 3: yes because if they dont then artwork or sculptures can get messed up or broken.
Posted by: Harrison J. | December 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM
it depends on the artwork. people generally want to take pictures because that just want to be next to the artwork. if you just want to be with it then it might be ok to take a picture but don't count on it.
Posted by: David H. | December 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM
Effects of overcrowding is discomfort between people and higher risk of damage to artwork. I say only let in a certain number of people in at a time. To prevent damage. And raise security if they don't.
Posted by: Derek L. | December 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM
I think that it is a good idea to put a limit of people that are in the museum at a time like a cap of 200 and then don't allow access until some people leave.
Posted by: nathanm . | December 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM
I think it should e more organized and people should only have a limited time viewing the art work so everyone has chance to view the artwork.
Posted by: Phoenix P. | December 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM
if museums put a cap on how many people could be in there at one point then they wouldn't make as much money because the more people who come in there, the more money there will be made and in 2014, the only thing that matters to businesses is money, and if there is no people to make you money, then there isn't much reason to stay open
Posted by: Jordan . | December 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM
The artist created the artwork with the intent of people looking at them. Why would you limit them?
Posted by: Garrett M. | December 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM
wow, interesting
Posted by: TD . | December 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM
1. Overcrowding can cause art pieces to be ruined, or broken. It can also ruin the overall experience of walking through an art museum. 2. If museums put a cap on the amount of people allowed in the museum at one time, there may be less visitors. People may not want to wait in line or order tickets in advance, and the museum may loose visitors. 3. I believe that museums should put a cap on the amount of visitors allowed. The well-being of the exhibits is far more important than the income of the museum.
Posted by: Cecilia O. | December 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM
if the stuff is going to git broken the the museum should put a case around the artwork for nothing will get broken or gum stuck to the art work
Posted by: tanya w. | December 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM
I think that they should limit it because of the fact that things could get broken and possibly very damaged. It can also be very hard to see the artworks that everyone wants to see.
Posted by: kylie P. | December 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM
Well if the museum full put a barrier around the entrance and the museum would not be so crowded
Posted by: Alexander H. | December 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM
Overcrowding could cause problems not only for the visitors, but for the museum as well. Limiting the amount of people would be a good idea. It can cause damages and make visitors uncomfortable if there are tons of people in the museum at one time.
Posted by: Betty N. | December 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM
Overcrowding in a museum may be uncomfortable for the visitors. It also puts artworks at risk because people may bump them of the walls or trip over displays and break them.
Posted by: Dayton R. | December 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM
The number of visitors a day should be limited to preserve the art work. The art work is an important part of history.
Posted by: Katlynne J. | December 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM
Overcrowding at museums causes pieces of art to be at greater risk. Capping the number of people allowed will either increase the cost of operation for museums due to being opened longer. Also, the prices of tickets would inevitably increase. I do not think that museums should limit the number of people allowed inside. I believe that doing so would create more problems than help. Also, I think that it would be an easier solution to increase the minimum distance between the art and people.
Posted by: Joshua W. | December 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM
I believe they should put a limit on the amount of attendees allowed inside the museum. It would be an acceptable regulation.
Posted by: Dakota R. | December 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM
Museums should protect the art better so that it will not be damaged and not limit the attendance of the visitors.
Posted by: baily q. | December 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM
Museums should protect the art better so that it will not be damaged and not limit the attendance of the visitors.
Posted by: baily q. | December 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

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