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R.I.P. Metropolitan Museum of Art Admission Badges (1971-2013)

For the first Monday since 1971, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is open to the public (step right up to see the blood-stained roof deck, which looks even spookier in a steady drizzle!). But there’s a price to pay for this new seven-days-a-week schedule: also for the first time since 1971, admission will not come in the form of a brightly colored metal badge. The museum has moved to paper tickets. Quel scandale! Blame it on the rising cost of metal and a dwindling supply of manufacturers of tiny tin discs in a rainbow of 16 collect-them-all hues. “It just became too expensive,” the Met’s Harold Holzer told The New York Times. “We saw that it was inevitable.” Fear not, badge fans, because we suspect that the remaining stock will soon pop up in the Met’s gift shop, possibly in jewelry or key chain form.

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