A sign popped up out front recently saying the toilets are "for museum visitors ONLY.'' That's a change from decades of policy that let the public roam freely.
The sign accompanies a new museum policy that includes a suggested donation of $4 for adults, $3 for children and $10 for families.
Retired World War II veteran Richard Goglio says the policy doesn't seem very voluntary. He takes the bus downtown nearly every day to visit the Madison Senior Center, the library and other destinations. He regularly stopped at the museum to use the restroom. But not any more.
Museum staff have started pressuring him for a donation.
Museum director Ann Koski says the loo levy is a regrettable fact of life in tight budget times. The museum has been forced to cut about 15 staffers and will lose around $750,000 in its budget.
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