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Old 11-05-2009, 09:55 PM
 
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Hey, I'm pretty broke right now, but I'd like to to the Met. I've never been there before. I've read that the "suggested" donation is $20, but you can give less and still get in. I'm just wondering how strong of a suggestion is it exactly? Like, will it be an awkward situation if I plunk down one or two dollars and go on my way? Is there a counter where you have to interact with someone or do you just put your money in a box? I just don't want to embarrass myself. Thanks for any info.
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:58 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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As per my wife.... There is a counter with a person, but they really do not care or make you feel uncomfortable if you give less.
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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The donation is suggested, and you do go to the desk and give your money to the museum. The charter of the Met and Natual History are the reason for this, since they were built on city land without compensation for the land. You may give as little as a penny to get into the museum, and there's no need to pay more than you can afford. Go enjoy the museum. Just remember, that there are people in the city who pay more than the suggested donation, either through gifts of funds to the museum, or by paying more than the suggested price upon entering the museum.
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Murphy, NC
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That 20bucks is bull. I went with a friend and just gave 5 each. The food is a wrip off, if I knew that beforehand I would have donated 2 bucks. I don't think there is a minimum.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:17 AM
 
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You have to pay something. I had a cousin who was broke who paid a quarter to go in. So a dollar or two is fine.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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That 20bucks is bull. I went with a friend and just gave 5 each. The food is a wrip off, if I knew that beforehand I would have donated 2 bucks. I don't think there is a minimum.
Do you really go to museums for the food?
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Old 11-06-2009, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Bay Ridge, NY
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You have to pay something. I had a cousin who was broke who paid a quarter to go in. So a dollar or two is fine.
You don't have to pay anything.. I've gotten in for free on suggested donation days.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:05 PM
 
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:41 PM
 
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Do you really go to museums for the food?
If you're spending the day, there aren't many food options if you're starving. It's probably best to bring something and eat it in the cafeteria.
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Old 11-09-2009, 04:47 PM
 
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That 20bucks is bull. I went with a friend and just gave 5 each. The food is a wrip off, if I knew that beforehand I would have donated 2 bucks. I don't think there is a minimum.
There is nothing between the food served there and the museum. You could check the menu before and decide its not for you. The Met is an institution that requires a huge budget to operate. It is one of a kind and I love it.
That said, I find that other museums, like Moma, charge too much. Art should be accessible to everyone, not only the wealthy.
In my opinion $10-20 is appropriate.
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