NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Metropolitan Museum is now charging a mandatory $25 entrance fee to most adult visitors who don’t live in New York state.

The new policy, announced in January, took effect Thursday.

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Entrance will remain free for children under 12 and pay-what-you-wish for students in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Students living outside the tri-state area will be charged $12 and seniors $17.

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People from all over the world had been able to come to the museum for nearly nothing since its founding in 1870. But the number of people willing to pay a suggested donation of $25 dropped off substantially in recent years.

A banner for the upcoming “Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas” exhibition hangs outside The Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

The New York Times says that initially, New York residents who show up without proper identification will be asked to bring it next time.

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