The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a mess on their hands. The museum is being sued by visitors who claim that their admissions policies are confusing. People are upset about the fact that the museum charges $25 for admission when the price is actually a suggested donation, meaning conceivably you could enter for free. Well, now the Met is facing new accusations from employees.
Cashiers at the Met were paid in part by how much money they obtained at the door and management discouraged them from telling visitors that entrance can be one cent, a former employee said in a sworn affidavit. Gerald Lee Jones supervised cashiers at the Met from 2007 to 2011, and was instructed to never notify visitors that they can pay less than the “recommended” fee, he said. The statement was filed in June and supports the lawsuit against the institution.
In papers filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, the Met claims that since 1970, any visitor is able to “pay what you wish, but you must pay something.” The lawsuit against the met is based on a law from 1893 requiring the museum to be open for free five days per week if they want to use the land for free.