Art F City at The L Magazine: Should the Met Museum Charge Admission Fees?

by Paddy Johnson on April 1, 2013 The L Magazine

I’m heading off to CUNY tonight to talk to Brian Lehrer about the rising admission costs of museums as well as the recent lawsuit filed against The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In preparation for the discussion, I penned this column for The L Magazine fleshing out a few of my thoughts on the matter. And because I never say so explicitly in the piece, let me make it clear here, that I think the lawsuit is frivolous. Those looking to hear me speak more on the matter can watch the TV spot Wednesday at 7:30 pm, Thursday at 2am, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 11pm. In the meantime, there’s my column. An excerpt below.

Three people recently filed a class-action suit against The Metropolitan Museum of Art, alleging that the signs advertising the museum’s admission prices are unclear. For clarity’s sake: it’s free. Admission to public institutions in public buildings is legally required to be free of charge most days of the week, and the Met’s posted $25 admission price is a recommended donation. Visitors aren’t required to pay that price—you can pay 10 cents if you want—but the museum would like you to pay the full $25.

To read the full piece click here.

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