Posts tagged ‘Metropolitan Museum of Art’

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met, 2016

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 22, 2016 – January 8, 2017

1000 Fifth Avenue, at 5th Avenue and 82th Street, NYC

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche Visitors Guide

Christmas 2016

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Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met

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Metropolitan Museum of Art admission is free

Many New Yorkers give $1 when they enter.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art tricks visitors into paying for admission though a century-old law and lease specify free entry most days, a class action claims in state court.

The museum, in Central Park along Fifth Avenue, agreed to the no-fee policy in exchange for a perpetual, rent-free lease of the Beaux-Arts building from New York City, which also picks up the tab for maintenance, utilities and security, lead plaintiff Filip Saska says.

The deal was meant to provide access to great art for citizens “without regard to financial means,” according to the complaint in New York County Supreme Court.

But Saska claim the museum has been transformed “into an expensive, fee-for-viewing, elite tourist attraction, where only those of financial means can afford to enter this publicly subsidized institution situated on prime city-owned land.”

Class Demands Free Entry to the Met, by Marlene Kennedy, Courthouse News Service

What sucks is that many people who know about the suggested donation policy – and end up paying less – are the ones who don’t need to.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Suggests You Pay More

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