No way is the met a tourist trap! It is one of the most amazing museums in the entire world and is not to be missed. I went over this past summer with my mom for my 15th birthday and spent the entire day there. Its truly incredible. They have just renovated the Greek and Roman wings and they are incredible. Also, if you are into photography (I'm obsessed), or would like to get inot photgraphy, take yuor camera to the rooms filled with sculptures from the ancient world and take lots and lots of pictures- its so fun, and some of my favorite pictures I've ever taken have come from the museum
It is amazing that people will pay $11 for a movie in NY, but to see art at the Met they look to pay as little as possible. This is an amazing museum which is almost impossible to cover in one visit, there is that much there. Go and pay as much as you can, but I suggest giving as much as you are able because it is an amazing place.
Unique Suggestions: See the impressionist paintings.
Fun Alternatives: Visit Central Park, how can you lose?
Not sure why someone would list this under tourist traps. The Metropolitan may be the best museum of art in the world. You could spend months in there. When I was a kid, it actually was free. Now the fee is "suggested" and is about $18
for adults, $10 for students "ID required". My gripe is that if it is suggested then why do they need an ID. Sometimes they look at you askance if you pay less but tough luck. but if you choose to pay full fare, it's worth it. Think about tickets and foul snacks for some mediocre movie compared with great paintings, sculptures, Egyptian art, Greek art,
Unique Suggestions: You can choose....pay the suggested amount or pay less.
Fun Alternatives: If you go to another museum such as Museum of Modern Art, the $20 entrance fee is fixed, not "suggested,"
so again I'm not sure why this is called a tourist trap.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art supposedly charges an admissions fee of $12. Dont' pay it. They get tons of money from donations (from people like my parents) and from other organizations. I never pay the 'suggested' $12. Give them like, a dollar to get the little admissions pin and walk right in. Always check for the word 'suggested' before parting with your money, I hate the concept of having to pay to see historical and artistic works. The public should be allowed the right to such achievements...
Unique Suggestions: Pay half of the suggested fee if you feel bad just giving a dollar.