#The Metropolitan Museum of Art is NYC’s priciest museum

“The Metropolitan Museum of Art is NYC’s priciest museum”

Culture will cost you.

Starting this Friday, July 1, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is raising its prices by $5 across the board, making it the most expensive museum in the city. Adults will now pay $30, up from $25; seniors will be $22, up from $17; and students will be $17, up from $12. It will retain its “pay as you wish” option for New York state residents as well as students who live in NY, NJ or Connecticut.

“The Museum is always seeking a balance between ensuring that we are providing as wide access as possible, and generating critical support for our programming,” a museum spokesperson told The Post. “We think… having a modest increase for out-of-state and international visitors, for the first time in 11 years, is fair and appropriate.”

Exterior of the Met
The Met is now the priciest museum in New York City.
NY Post Brian Zak

The last increase of this sort was in 2011, when the adult admission price increased from $20 to $25. With the impending $30 price point, the Met will be notably more expensive than the 9/11 Memorial Museum ($26), the Guggenheim Museum ($25), the Museum of Modern Art ($25), the Whitney Museum of American Art ($25), the American Museum of Natural History ($22 or pay-what-you-wish for NY, NJ and Conn. residents), the Brooklyn Museum ($16) and the Jewish Museum ($15).  

Up until 2018, the Met’s pay-what-you-wish policy extended to visitors from around the globe, the last museum in the world to have such broad guidelines. In March of that year, the policy changed to apply only to state residents and students in the tri-state area.

Ticket window at the Met
Tourists are willing to pay the extra money for the museum’s beauty.
Helayne Seidman
People walking by art in the Met.
The Met has over 5,000 years worth of art across its exhibits.
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Despite not needing to pay the hefty new admission fee, some locals are still annoyed about it. Ericson Contreras, a 19-year-old student from Harlem visiting the museum earlier in the week, called the new pricing “absurd” and said he’s been disappointed about the limited diversity in the museum’s collection.

“I’m personally Afro-Hispanic,” he said. “It [makes] me mad.”

Tourists visiting the museum had mixed emotions about the increase.

Luke Fouche, a 29-year-old contract manager in town from South Africa, said he’d gladly pay the $30.

“I’m not a big art fan, but for me to come and see so much art in one place is an experience,” he said. “Plus I think I’m obligated to have a hot dog on the steps because it’s a big thing.”        

“For what you get to see, it’s worth $30,” said Melissa Calasso, a 38-year-old stay-at-home mom from Germany.

Grace Miller, a 23-year-old visiting from Wisconsin, was less enthused.

“It’s funny because the last time I was here, that was the first time they started charging,” said Miller, referencing the 2018 change.

“Now that they’re upping the price again,” she said, “I think I should stop coming to New York.”

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