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March 01, 2016

Met Museum Will Reword Signs in Deal on Admission Donations

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has reached a settlement in three-year-old lawsuit regarding its pay-what-you-wish admissions policy, The New York Times and Hyperallergic report. Museum signs will change to say that a $25 donation for admission is "suggested," not "recommended," as was previously the case.

The museum was sued in March 2013 by a member and two tourists who claimed that vague signage was intended to mislead visitors into believe they must pay $25 for admission. In late 2013, a New York Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of the museum, saying it was not violating state and city agreements by charging a fee for entry.

In addition to changing the wording, the museum will post additional signs to reinforce to visitors that "The amount you pay is up to you." The changes will go into effect next month, coinciding with a rebranding effort at the musem.