Everyone knows NYC is an expensive place to be, there’s no surprise there. Yet, what makes NYC so unique is all the incredible things to do that are free or cheap to take advantage of, many of those being cultural events such as free performances, concerts, and museums.
However, one of the most beloved cultural institutions in NYC will no longer be an example of affordability. Beginning this Friday (7/1), the Met will increase their ticket prices for out-of-state residents and international visitors by $5. Adult tickets will increase from $25 to $30; seniors $17 to $22; and students $12 to $17.
The increase comes as a result of the Met “seeking a balance between ensuring that we are providing as wide access as possible, and generating critical support for our programming,” a museum spokesperson told the NY Post. According to the same spokesperson, the Met hasn’t implemented an increase in pricing like this since 2011. At that time, adult admission had been raised from $20 to $25.
It’s important to note that NYC and tri-state area residents will not be affected by the price increase, as those who can show proof of residency will still be granted admission under their pay-as-you-wish policy.
Other favorite museums such as the Guggenheim ($25), The Frick ($22), The MoMA ($25), The Brooklyn Museum ($16), and so on are all cheaper options for non-residents, making the Met now NYC’s most expensive museum.