New York's Met Museum will start charging mandatory $25 fee

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(Spencer Platt/Getty Images) People congregate at the entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, March 1, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) People congregate at the entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, March 1, 2017.

By VERENA DOBNIK
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is partially abandoning its "pay-what-you-wish" admissions policy that has made it an egalitarian destination for generations of art lovers.

Starting March 1, the museum will charge a mandatory $25 entrance fee to most adult visitors who don't live in New York state.

Museum President and CEO Daniel Weiss announced the change Thursday.

Weiss says the extra money will help balance the Met's $305 million annual operating budget.

Entrance will remain free for all children under 12 and pay-as-you-wish for students up to graduate school in New York and surrounding New Jersey and Connecticut.

The $25 fee will allow visitors to enter the Met over three consecutive days, instead of just one.

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