The Metropolitan Museum of Art is NYC’s most expensive museum

Culture will cost you.

Starting this Friday, July 1, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is increasing its prices by a flat $5, making it the city’s most expensive museum. Adults are now $30 instead of $25; Seniors are $22, up from $17; and students are $17 instead of $12. It retains its “pay as you wish” option for New York state residents and students living in NY, NJ, or Connecticut.

“The museum always seeks a balance between ensuring we offer the widest possible access and generating critical support for our programming,” a museum spokesman told The Post. “We think … to have a modest increase in foreign and overseas visitors for the first time in 11 years is fair and appropriate.”

Exterior of the Met
The Met is now the most expensive museum in New York City.
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The last increase of this kind was in 2011, when the adult ticket price went from $20 to $25. With the upcoming price of $30, the Met will be significantly more expensive than the 9/11 Memorial Museum ($26), Guggenheim Museum ($25), Museum of Modern Art ($25) and the Whitney Museum of American Art ($25). , the American Museum of Natural History ($22 or pay-what-you-wish for NY, NJ and Connecticut residents), the Brooklyn Museum ($16) and the Jewish Museum ($15).

By 2018, the Met’s pay-what-you-wish policy extended to visitors from around the world, the last museum in the world to have such broad policies. In March of this year, the policy was amended to only apply to state residents and students in the tri-state area.

Ticket office at the Met
Tourists are willing to pay the extra money for the beauty of the museum.
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People walking past the art at the Met.
The Met has art spanning over 5,000 years in its exhibits.
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Though there’s no need to pay the hefty new entrance fee, some locals still fret about it. Ericson Contreras, a 19-year-old Harlem student who visited the museum earlier in the week, called the new pricing “preposterous” and said he was disappointed with the limited variety in the museum’s collection.

“Personally, I’m Afro-Hispanic,” he said. “It [makes] driving me crazy.”

Tourists who visited the museum saw the increase with mixed feelings.

Luke Fouche, a 29-year-old contract manager in the city of South Africa, said he would happily pay the $30.

“I’m not a big art fan, but seeing so much art in one place is an experience for me,” he said. “Also, I think I’m obligated to have a hot dog on the stairs because it’s a big deal.”

“It’s worth $30 for what you see,” said Melissa Calasso, a 38-year-old homemaker from Germany.

Grace Miller, a 23-year-old visitor from Wisconsin, was less enthusiastic.

“It’s funny because the last time I was here, they started loading for the first time,” Miller said, referring to the 2018 change.

“Now that they’re raising the price again,” she said, “I think I should stop coming to New York.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art is NYC’s most expensive museum


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