— The Met (@metmuseum) January 4, 2018
Never have I ever been so glad to be a New Yorker. The MET’s long-standing pay-as-you-wish policy is getting removed for everyone not a resident of NY, NJ, or CT. The policy will be implemented on March 1.
The MET is still free for children under 12, but the new rule will require everyone from out of state to pay a $25 admissions charge.
Safe to say, people are not happy:
'I worry that the Met’s plan is classist, and nativist. It divides people into categories — rich and poor, native and foreign — which is exactly what this country does not need right now' @robertasmithnyt https://t.co/L2j9UMtcin
— Robin Pogrebin (@rpogrebin) January 4, 2018
I think that is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard. I am a member and will seriously reconsider that choice as I do not live in NYC. @metmuseum
— mrs. yakafluss (@mrsyakafluss) January 4, 2018
The main concern that seemed to be shared by many is that the museum should be treated as public property and not subjected to a paywall:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art sits on public land, in a building owned by the city. It's repugnant that the city agreed to this change.
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) January 4, 2018
One of the brill things about London is most museums are free- for everyone & all the time. In NYC culture increasingly pricey and elite https://t.co/6J2lvLhjUT
— Arwa Mahdawi (@ArwaM) January 4, 2018
Hey @NYCMayor pls work to stop this. This will harm young people, families, and folks who aren't of the ownership class. Pay-as-you-go was critical to me as a young person to see art. Why only let the rich have access? https://t.co/KmNKkOFMv7
— melissa byrne (@mcbyrne) January 4, 2018
See the rest of the reactions here.