Met with Skepticism

October 25th, 2013

Will the Metropolitan Museum of Art begin to charge admission with its new lease provision?

“While the Met said it has no plans to change its current policy of a suggested $25 admission price for adults, the lease’s new language opens the possibility that in the future, with the city’s permission, the museum could charge a required fee, rather than suggested admission.” -WSJ

“Harold Holzer, the museum’s senior vice president for public affairs, who oversees admissions and visitor services, said that ‘we have no plans to institute either of the above, and no plans to make plans.’” -NY Times

But try to parse this statement: “We are extremely grateful that the City, which has long provided essential operating support to the Met, has moved now to reaffirm a policy that not only allows visitors to pay what they wish at the door, but has encouraged us to offer same-week entrance at no additional cost to the Cloisters museum and gardens in Fort Tryon Park, and has enabled us to provide free-with-admission access to all special exhibitions, as well as cost-free gallery tours, curatorial lectures, library access, and visits by New York City school groups.” -Met Director Thomas Campbell, with italics added

-It sounds as if either visitors will pay for special exhibitions, or “yeah but no.”

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