The Met’s value is not universal: it reflects its affluent, largely white, founders and donors.
For first-time visitors outside typical museum demographics, the cost of entry can go far beyond ticket price:
Beyond additional costs — such as transportation, childcare, and time diverted from paid or domestic work — there is the labor of investing in a space without knowing if it’s invested in you.
This includes navigating the cultural codes of a historically white institution, viewing one’s culture through a western gaze, as well as submitting to a bag search and guard surveillance.
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A flat $25 admission fee will cut off communities that the Met seeks to serve — especially marginalized and low-income out-of-state visitors and undocumented individuals.
The Met needs the time, insight, and labor of these communities in order to fulfill its commitment to “reach out to the widest possible audience in a spirit of inclusiveness.
” Sliding scale pricing recognizes these unaccounted costs and contributions, moving toward a more inclusive and equitable system.*
*To fully offset the unaccounted cost and labor for potential visitors who are most marginalized, the Met would need to pay them to attend. See Look At Art. Get Paid.