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NYC's Met doing away with metal admission button

June 28, 2013

NEW YORK ? Tiny metal buttons in delicious-sounding colors like poupon, hubba bubba and piglet have served as The Metropolitan Museum of Art's admission ticket for 42 years. But starting Monday, the 1-inch disks will be replaced by a paper ticket with detachable sticker.

It's all about the money ? the buttons have become too expensive to produce.

"The cost has been increasing exponentially over the years," said Harold Holzer, the museum's spokesman. "It's gone up tens of thousands of dollars in the last five years."

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