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March 06, 2013

N.Y.'s Metropolitan Museum Sued Over 'Deceptive' Suggested Fee

A Metropolitan Museum of Art member and two Czech tourists filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the venerable New York City institution intentionally dupes millions of annual visitors into believing they must pay a $25 admission charge, Reuters writes.

The museum asks people to pay what they wish to enter, but the suit charges that it employs misleading signs and funnels visitors into cashiers' lines to collect a recommended $25 donation. [Editor's note: The previous sentence has been revised to correct the museum's admission fee policy.] The law firm representing the plaintiffs, Weiss & Hiller, previously filed a still-pending suit seeking a court order that the museum make the fee policy clearer.

The museum's rent-free lease with the city requires free entry multiple days a week but permits asking for a voluntary fee. Met spokesman Harold Holzer said the museum is "confident that our longstanding pay-what-you-wish admissions policy meets the spirit and letter of our agreement with the city."