Nov 16, 2012
By Michael Kramer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York may have a problem.
It’s being sued by two museum members who say The Met misleads the public into thinking that its admission fees are mandatory and not simply “suggested.”
Originally, New York specified that there be free admission several days a week.
But the museum says changes in city policy in the 1970’s have allowed it to institute a “voluntary” admission fee.
The suit says The Met makes it difficult to understand the ticket policy and it intends to deceive and defraud the public – and it asks the court to prevent the museum from charging any fees.
Signs above the museum’s admissions desks include the word “Recommended” in small type below the word “Admission,” which is $25 for adults, and less for seniors and students.
When the recommended fee was first instituted in the 1970’s, signs over the cashiers desks included the phrase: “Pay what you wish, but you must pay something.”
A spokesman for the museum, calls the suit “entirely frivolous.”