St. Louis Zoo might start charging admission

Friday, February 12, 2010 | 12:31 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — Admission to the popular and highly-regarded St. Louis Zoo has always been free. That could change under a proposal in the Missouri House of Representatives.

State Sen. Joan Bray, D-University City, is sponsoring a bill to allow cultural attractions in Forest Park to charge visitors.

The measure would also apply to the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center and the Missouri History Museum. The attractions could still exempt certain groups — St. Louis city and county residents, for example — if they want.

Science Center President Doug King told KTVI-TV that the center is committed to remaining one of the few free major science institutions in the country.


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