Met Sued by Members Hoping to Overturn the Free Museum’s $25 Admission Fee*

Chang W. Lee/NY Times

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is being sued by two of its members who claim that theĀ  museum intentionally makes it difficult to understand that the $25 admission charge is merely a suggestion, not a requirement. The City originally granted the Met its prime location in Central Park on the condition that it remain open free of charge several days per week; even the suggestion of an admission charge only began in the 1970’s. A survey of museum-goers found that 85% who had paid the $25 at the door did not realize they could have gotten in for free.

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