|There are currently two lawsuits against the Metropolitan |
Museum of Art, both demanding an injunction and signs
that clearly state the ticket price is a "suggested donation."
This recent lawsuit follows a suit filed last November. The cases are linked, both demanding an injunction that would require clear signage and both with representation from the law firm Weiss & Hiller. The November case is still pending, and the new filing is bring added pressure.
Michael Hiller, lawyer for the plaintiffs, told Reuters: "There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that, as reflected in the complaint filed today, Number 1, and overwhelming majority of people who visit the museum are completely fooled into believing that they are required to pay the museum's admission fees; and Number 2, museum officials know all about it."
In response to the recent lawsuit, Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at the museum stated in an email:
|The Met argues that the $25 admission fee funds public|
educational programs that would not be possible if the
museum relied solely on government financing.
While the admission to the Met is a "recommended" fee, Mr. Holzer pulls on the heart strings of the public and appeals to our sense of duty to pay for services received. As the popular saying goes, "There is no such thing as a free lunch."
For our coverage of the November lawsuit visit: The Met Admission Fee Under Attack.
Sources: "Visitors to Met Museum in NYC Sue Over Deceptive Admission Fee," Reuters, March 5, 2013; "Met Museum Sued: Unhappy Patrons Take Arts Center to Court Over 'Recommended' Fees," The Huffington Post, March 11, 2013.