New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is facing a class action lawsuit over its $25 admission fee.
Many New Yorkers know that visitors can actually pay whatever they want — as long as they make some donation. But tourists usually don’t, and are confused by the sign that lists the $25 fee, with the word “recommended” below it, the Associated Press notes.
The museum allows visitors to pay any amount, even just a penny. However, the lawsuit contends that museum staff do not inform visitors of the fact. Attorneys behind the suit also say that the museum runs afoul of a 1893 law that mandates free public access five days a week.
Drawing about 6 million visitors a year, the Met receives substantial grants from New York City and occupies its Central Park-adjacent building rent-free.
A museum spokesperson dismissed the action as an “insupportable nuisance lawsuit.”