New entry fees at the Met

January 8 2018

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Robin Pegrobin at the New York Times reports:

For the first time in half a century, visitors to the world’s largest cultural institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will have to pay a mandatory admission fee of $25 if they do not live in New York State under a new policy that begins March 1, the museum announced on Thursday.

The Met says this is after a 'sharp decline' in the number of people willing to pay the 'suggested' donation of $25. But (given how difficult it is to actually get through the various barriers and guards without actually paying something) I suspect it may be more to do with the questionable financial management of the last few years. 

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