May 05, 2004

Unneeded Paper Tickets

Category: Wildcard

San Francisco: I normally love the SFMoMa. Yesterday was the first tuesday of the month, and was therefore FREE admission. However, the museam still required you to pick up a paper ticket and have it collected by someone at the entrance, who ripped it and handed it back. Why?

I suppose they want to keep track of attendance, but why not just pay the ticket collector to click a button every time someone enters? The cost of several thousand paper tickets that day alone would make it worthwhile.

Posted by Nick at May 5, 2004 12:46 PM | TrackBack


The stub is your receipt to claim back the entry fee on your taxes as a deductible contribution to a charity, which the museum qualifies as by reason of its non-profit status.

Posted by: Greg on May 10, 2004 11:21 PM

Having served on a musuem board, I can assure that we (the board) would not take "a clerk counted guests" as accurate reporting. The people who pay for the FREE admission like to keep track.

There are better systems. I suspect that SFMoMa likes to use the process in place for regular days on FREE days

Posted by: on June 3, 2004 12:46 PM

re:1. the museum could just print off regular receipts onto regular, recyclable paper, instead of coated cardstock, and ask before handing you one. on a free day, what's the point of giving out a receipt? (besides, aren't entry fees not deductible because a service has been provided in return for the contribution?)

re:2. some museums give out little metal badges that you clip around your collar. these can be counted and, more importantly, reused (via a drop box by the exit) or recycled (they're steel).

Posted by: payton on June 19, 2004 11:47 PM
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