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“Don't pay full admission! Save your money for the gift shop inside and the hotdog vender outside”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour with Skip-the-line Access
Ranked #3 of 1,097 things to do in New York City
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: At New York City's most visited museum and attraction, you will experience over 5,000 years of art from around the world. The Met is for anyone as a source of inspiration, insight and understanding. You can learn, escape, play, dream, discover, connect.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
New York City, New York
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“Don't pay full admission! Save your money for the gift shop inside and the hotdog vender outside”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Don't pay full admission. This museum is one of the wealthiest in the world - its gift shops alone makes more than GDP of a small African Nation. Its wording regarding admission 'suggested' being the operative word here, is a violation of its covenant with the city of New York - they are legally bound by their charter to give free admission (though some say you must donate at least 1cent ((which I do)). They are currently being sued for what is being described as their deceptive signage.

I have watched families pay up to $100 to get in and as a Manhattanite it makes me ashamed. New York is expensive enough. I urge you not to allow this implied custom of the country/shaming to interfere with your visit. And do not feel awkward about the transaction; they will probably think you are a native - or a savvy tourist.

And charming as the food venues are if you are on a budge AND you want a true New York experience take a break from your walk through this treasure and go out and buy a hotdog or in the winter, warm chestnuts and sit on the front steps (except when it is -12) and watch Fifth Avenue 'happen': The apartments across the street are among some of the most expensive in the world - doormen stand vigil at the entrance - breaking their stance to run to the curb and open the door of a black Mercedes for the tenants/owners who emerge with shopping bags from Barney's and Bergdof's and almost never, Bloomingdales: The whole thing a cultural/American Studies learning opportunity in and of itself.

Total cost per person -
$3.50 for the hotdog
1 cent for admission
Experience - priceless.

Visited October 2013
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“Brilliant”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Probably 1 of the finest museums I've visited. You can see just about everything here and the size and scale of the artefacts and in fact museum itself is amazing. I'd definitely go back and recommend a full day here so as not to rush and enjoy everything here.

Visited November 2012
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“The way to finish the day.”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

What better way to finish a day in a museum than sitting down with a cold beer in the Balcony Bar. They even lay on some live classical music.

Visited October 2013
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“I want to live there”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Don't forget that the admission prices are actually suggestions and that you can donate however much you'd like to enter. It's a well-funded institution, so donate of course if you can but don't let a sense of embarrassment for donating a little keep you from appreciating the sheer wonder of the art here.

Visited July 2013
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“Too Much to See”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

This was my first time here, and could not believe the size. There is so much to see that I didn't know where to begin. Was there for a little over two hours and saw only a small portion. For art lovers it's a must. I love art and it was also a wonderful history lesson of different time periods. Must go again when I have more time.

Visited August 2013
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