Museums – Plying Both Ends

Museums are complaining about changes in the tax code about gifts. They’re also selling pieces of their collections. “Museums are trying to have it both ways: benefiting from tax subventions because they supposedly can’t survive in the marketplace yet stepping into the marketplace when they deem it appropriate. Some are actually renting out parts of their collections. What’s so disturbing about collection rentals and sales is that they violate the reason that museums are treated differently from businesses.”