New York City Amends Fee Policy for a Visit to the Met

October 25, 2013 6:36 AM

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New York City Amends Fee Policy for a Visit to the Met

The question of whether the museum, which sits on city-owned land, can charge an admission fee has been brought to the fore recently by two lawsuits in state court in New York that contend that the Met, under its original 1878 lease for its land, has no legal authority to charge admission and that it misleads visitors into thinking they have to pay. The Met has argued in court that a 1970 agreement with the city gave it the power to charge, though that power was never written into its lease.

City officials recently proposed clarifying the issue. And on Thursday, the Met said it had signed an amended lease allowing the museum to “set the terms of admission to its permanent galleries to the general public, including admission fees.” While the amended lease does not give the Met any new fe...

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