Bummer: The Met is getting rid of its metal admission tabs

Goodbye, nifty museum souvenir; hello, paper tickets that may feature advertising.

Museum Buttons: The Met

Museum Buttons: The Met Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Say goodbye to a tiny, iconic piece of New York City history: Next week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is getting rid of its metal admissions buttons and replacing them with paper tickets. Museum officials told The New York Times that the rising cost of producing the buttons, as well as the lack of producers for the buttons (officially called "litho tabs"), was the impetus for the change. As of next week, visitors will receive paper tickets with a sticker as their proof of admission. (The museum is also exploring the option of putting ads on those tickets.)

In this week's TONY cover story on NYC's coolest museums, we took a look at five museum-admission tabs throughout the city. The Met isn't the only institution that's moved away from the metal buttons, as other spots—such as the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1 and the Museum of the Moving Image—use either stickers or hanging paper tabs. But collectors can still find the tin souvenirs at some venues, including the Morgan Library & Museum, Neue Galerie New York and the Museum of Arts & Design.

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