Borrowing what you already own…

For the month of July, you can use your membership card from one government department (the Public Library Service) to obtain a pass for free admission to the sites of another government department (the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation), thus affording you, through extra-special double-bureaucracy, admission to sites that you, by virtue of being a citizen and taxpayer, already own and should be entitled to free admission to regardless.

This program is well-intentioned, no doubt: an effort to get more Islanders to visit our museums.

But, rather than doing the obvious–removing the admission fees and throwing open the doors–the result is a more complicated, time-limited impediment to visitation.

A better solution, should universal free admission not be financially viable:

For the month of July, show your library card to get free admission to our museums.

Let’s do that instead.

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