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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Displaced by Tech? Sleep in the Tech Museum for $99/Night!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM


For the sake of argument, let’s say you pay $3000 a month in rent. $100 a night to live in your own home is an exorbitant figure that Bay Area residents are growing, um, uncomfortably comfortable with. For good or for ill, one industry in particular gets a lot of the blame for making the housing market become nearly as obscene as the contemporary art market. But that’s not stopping the Tech Museum of Innovation from charging only a little less for a sleepover night called Tucked in @ the Tech. Tens of thousands of Bay Area residents are losing sleep over the cost of housing, after all.

Over three nights between August and November, members can pay $79 for an overnight stay in the museum from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (for non-members, it’s $99). While it includes parking for one vehicle; “hands-on activities in STEM,” which are also known as the very things you go to a museum for in the first place; a lunch-like box supper; an IMAX film; and continental breakfast, it’s 400 percent markup over the Tech’s combined $20 Museum & Educational ticket price for children of non-members during normal business hours. And it’s not as if housekeeping is supplying you with fresh towels and a mint as you sleep on the floor, either. Another amenity is listed as “private shopping time from 7:30-9:30 a.m.,” but that’s just another way to shake patrons down.

Worse, the rules dictate that adults must be accompanied by a child, so there will be no fun parties of Xers and Millennials smuggling in their own flasks for a rowdy night at the museum, nor would it welcome the residents of, say, 812 Guerrero as they wonder where all this glorious innovation will lead them after upending their entire lives. Specifically, each adult must chaperone one to five children between the ages of 5 and 17 — rules which also apply at Penguins + Pajamas at the California Academy of Sciences, where the price is an even steeper $109 (although there are discounts for groups of ten or more, and you get to watch Claude the albino alligator’s nocturnal behavior). Hopefully they don’t have the kids zipping up their sleeping bags where everybody was getting wasted and spilling drinks at NightLife the evening prior.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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