The Met Just Changed Its Admissions Policy. Here’s What That Means For Travellers

For half a century, visitors to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art — or the Met — have been welcomed on a play-what-you-please basis, meaning students and those of us travelling on a shoestring could take in one of the world’s largest cultural collections for a song.

But, overnight, the Met announced changes to the 50-year-old admissions policy that mean travellers and non-locals will have to pay a mandatory $25 entry fee from March 1.

“Everybody who benefits from this institution is being asked to contribute to its wellbeing because we are fundamentally a community resource,” Met president and CEO, Daniel Weiss, told the New York Times.

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There, you can see everything from Egyptian sphinxes and works by Picasso to¬†game-changing fashion and the world’s oldest painting.

To get the most out of your $25 admission fee, be sure to visit the Met Cloisters, which overlook Manhattan’s Fort Tyron Park and the Hudson River. The unique establishment is dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, and can be accessed on your Met ticket for free on the same day.

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