Nov 16, 2012

By Michael Kramer

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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.”

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