Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Is the Met Museum’s Admission Sign Misleading?

NY Times’ Randy Kennedy on this question, and on why the lawsuit against the Met alleging it has no legal authority to charge a suggested admission fee, was unlawful, was dismissed.

Of interest, and here I agree with Donn Zaretsky, the interesting part of the lawsuit remains.

Under the ruling, another part of both cases, alleging that the museum misrepresents itself, misleading visitors — through signage and website information — into thinking they must pay the full $25 fee, will proceed before the court.

The Met should just fix this through extra-legal means instead of taking the risk of having a judicial order mandating that the signage be bold and loud so as to lead most visitors to simply pay a penny. On that note, judge Kornreich was a bit misleading when she wrote that,

“For those without means, or those who do not wish to express their gratitude financially, a de minimis contribution of a penny is accepted,” the judge wrote. “Admission to the Met is de facto free for all.”

A hundred pennies is a dollar, and one-thousand pennies is ten dollars, so, with all due respect to the judge, it’s not quite free.



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