The Metropolitan Museum of Art is doing away with the tiny metal buttons that serve as its admission ticket.
Starting Monday, the button will be replaced with a paper ticket with detachable sticker. Museum officials say it has become too expensive to produce the buttons, which were introduced in 1971.
Some sentimental museum-goers aren't ready to part with the metal buttons just yet.
"It's a cute way to remember the Met," said Angelica Dovi. "To put on the pin, it's a little more personal, I feel, than paper."
Remy Esquenet proudly wore his button as a sign "that I contributed to the arts, that I actually paid the money and they gave me a little pin for it."
The buttons came in 16 different colors and featured the letter "M." The color was changed daily. A few museum visitors recognized the costs of having to produce them.
"These things must cost a lot of money to make, to keep changing colors and everything," said Judy Goldhand.
A spokeperson for the Met said the paper stickers are one-third the cost of the iconic multi-colored pins and more useful for printing promotions.
Over the years, most people have discarded the buttons; a few have dropped them into the recycling bin at the museum doors, and others have gotten creative -- like when hundreds of buttons were used to fashion a chain mail-like dress, donated by a late curator of the museum's Fashion Institute.
The change comes Monday, around the time the Met is switching to a seven-day week for the first time. It has been closed Mondays.
"Now that I know it may be the last one I'll ever have, maybe I'll keep it," said Jaime Redmond.