The Temple of Dendur lures visitors to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 10, 2017.
AP Photo/Richard Drew
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a behemoth of culture and wealth, is rebounding from more than a year of internal turmoil and financial problems. As part of its recovery efforts, the museum is considering a mandatory admissions fee for visitors from outside New York state – the first in the museum's 147-year history.Facing a $15 million operating deficit, the Met filed a formal proposal with New York City this month to charge visitors who don't live in the state a set admission, instead of the current voluntary contribution. Admissions fees might help ease the current budget deficit, which was about 5 percent of the $315 million in operating costs in 2016 .Of the record 7 million visitors in 2016, 67 percent came from outside New York state and 39 percent of the total from abroad.
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