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The Met Is Set To Snap Nearly 5 Decades Of Pay-As-You-Wish Tradition

Since 1970, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has not mandated an admission fee. Come March, that will change for out-of-state visitors — but critics haven't accepted the decision quietly.
Since 1970, visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City could pay what they wished — or what they were able. Source: Mike Steele

For nearly five decades, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has been technically free for all, the price of admission but a suggestion offered at the front door. All visitors could pay what they wished — or what they were able.

That 1970 policy is set to change later this year: Beginning March 1, adults who live outside New York state and who are out of school will

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