July 3, 2013
|Photo: The New York Times|
[In] 1971, the Metropolitan Museum of Art introduced a colorful piece of metal as its admission ticket, a tiny doodad that came to occupy a large place in the reliquary of New York City, along with Greek-themed coffee cups, I ♥ NY T-shirts and subway tokens.The good news: If you happen to be in NYC on a Monday, you won't have to hopelessly wander the streets in search of entertainment—the museum will now be open on Mondays, for the first time in 42 years.
Now the Met’s admission button will go the way of the token. Citing the rising cost of the tin-plate pieces and the flexibility of a new paper ticket system using detachable stickers, the Met will end the buttons’ 42-year run on [June 1], the same time it switches to a seven-day-a-week schedule instead of being closed on Mondays.
“I regret it slightly myself,” said Thomas P. Campbell, the museum’s director. “One of my assistants has a whole rainbow of the colored buttons on her desk.”
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