No, the Met isn't charging a mandatory fee for visitors (yet)
The Bloomberg administration’s amendment of the landmark museum’s lease won’t change much for visitors—for now
Mon Oct 28 2013
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
When The New York Times reported on Thursday that the Metropolitan Museum of Art had amended its fee policy, granting itself the right to impose a mandatory admission charge, the Internet went wild. Multiple outlets stated that visitors would soon be charged the full $25, replacing the long-standing pay-what-you-wish policy.
But here's the rub: Nothing has actually happened. Before you start tearing your hair out about the rising cost of, well, everything in New York City (see: MetroCards, rent et al.), we'd like to highlight a quote from the Met's Harold Holzer to the Times: "We have no plans to institute [a mandatory admission fee], and no plans to make plans."
Granted, there's a chance that the full cost could become mandatory—and we'll be plenty outraged if that ever happens—but right now, let's all take a deep breath and calm down. Our dear Met—the largest and most-visited museum in NYC—remains, for the time being, one of the better deals in town.
You might also like
What do you think? Tell us below!
Send tips and cat photos to:
Senior Editor: Amy Plitt (@plitter)
Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)
See more recent blog posts
Last-minute deals: Four sales happening in NYC this weekend
This new fashion app allows you to stalk and buy your favorite trends
Five insanely expensive rental listings in NYC right now (slide show)
A Girls bus tour could be coming to Brooklyn this fall
Infographic: Girls run Facebook, Twitter and Instagram