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Met Museum Amends New York Lease Over Entry Fees Policy
Since 1971, entry to the museum has been based on a pay-as-you-wish basis, with a current suggested $25 admission price for adults. New York City first waived the free-admissions provision of the museum’s original lease in 1970.
The amendment authorizes “admission modifications in future years, subject as in the past to review and approval by the city,” the museum said in a statement.
The change acknowledges municipal funding was “no longer sufficient to allow the museum to operate without charging admission fees,” it said.
The museum was sued in November for deceiving the public, particularly tourists, about the “recommended” $25 admission policy, saying it violated an 1893 state law requiring it be open without charge five days a week.
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