New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the most prestigious museums in the world, is facing a class action lawsuit that alleges it misled patrons into believing they had to pay for admission into the building.
The contention surrounds the signage and advertising used by the museum, which recommends visitors pay $25 for entry. The suit says that the Met doesn’t make it clear enough to patrons that they need not pay to enter. It asserts that the museum behaves in a confusing manner by advertising “free admission” as a perk for purchasing a membership even though admission is free to non-members.
The Met operates on city property and is meant to be free and open to the public. It doesn’t have to pay rent or maintain a lease with the city.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two tourists from the Czech Republic and a resident of the city.