MoMA PS1 Offers a “Discount” on Admission

by Corinna Kirsch on February 1, 2013 Newswire

MoMA PS1's courtyard, with outdoor chaise longues.

Every single day, Groupon and a slew of copycat companies post discounts on everything from doggy day care to mobile tanning parties. If you “enjoy, painting, sculpture, video installations, and more” and you want it in “the ideal atmosphere for thought-provoking, emotion-producing viewing”, there’s a daily deal for that; Long Island City’s MoMA PS1 has joined the ranks of those peddling in low-priced commodities over on Amazon Local. They’re not the first museum to do this, but they’re probably the only museum offering a discount on a suggested admission price.

Let’s look at the Amazon Local deal, which slashes admission to $10 for just two tickets (a $20 value) or $18 for four tickets (a $40 value). That’s not much of a deal; the museum is technically free, with a $10 suggested donation for adults and a $5 suggested donation for students and seniors. Then, if you’re a resident of Long Island City, NYC public school student, member of the press, work at a museum, or a MoMA member or ticket-holder, then you get in for free no matter what.

It’s a no-brainer that the MoMA PS1 discount isn’t much of a steal. Alas, there’s other, real discounts on Groupon. We’re considering spending our hard-earned dollars on this monogrammed sheet set because we all know that Egyptian cotton is never free.

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