Met Museum Sued Over Misleading Admission Policy
After years of an at-best confusing, or at worst misleading, admission policy, the Metropolitan Museum has been sued for violating its lease, which requires that the museum allow free admission on several days per week. The plaintiffs estimate that the use of Central Park land, for free, saves the museum several hundred million dollars per year. Between the signs calling for “admission” fees rather than donations, selling tickets for a fixed full-price on their website, and the downright rude behavior of staff if your donation does not meet their liking, it is not surprising that many people are confused about the admission policy.
While the museum calls the lawsuit “frivolous,” plaintiff’s point is well-taken. However, that is not to say that private plaintiffs have the right to seek damages if the museum violates its lease with the City. Ultimately, this is a lawsuit that should be settled with better disclosure of its admission policy. Here is a link to a story about the suit.