Metropolitan Museum of Art Sued For Deceptive Fee Practices

Visitors can pay what they want, but must pay something

   

Metropolitan Museum of Art Sued For Deceptive Fee Practices

MetropolitanMuseumofArt 300x199 Metropolitan Museum of Art Sued For Deceptive Fee PracticesNew 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.

FBIseal 200x200 Metropolitan Museum of Art Sued For Deceptive Fee Practices
FBI Turns to the Web to Find Stolen Art

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.”


Article printed from InvestorPlace Media, http://investorplace.com/2013/03/metropolitan-museum-of-art-sued-for-deceptive-fee-practices/.

©2014 InvestorPlace Media, LLC

Comments are currently unavailable. Please check back soon.