Hands Off!

The Onion (a satirical American website) has published this hilarious "news" article about the Metropolitan Museum of Art allowing visitors to touch paintings if they pay membership fees. The picture is particularly great.

All levity aside, though, it does raise the old beast of a question about materiality in museums. Let's face it, people still want to touch certain things! And I have little doubt that if there was actually an option to pay more to look at a painting of one's choice over lunch in the cafeteria, people would take it!

So, in the spirit of the impossible, if you could fondle any object in any museum, which would it be? And how much would you pay for the privilege?

(I want to sleep in the Great Bed of Ware at the V&A - I'd pay up to a thousand pounds for that.)


Amy said…
I would like one more chance to get my grubby little hands on objects from the Percival David collection. Handling 2,000 year old priceless ceramics was one of the highlights of my all too brief employment at the PDF.

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