453103077The newly opened 9/11 Memorial Museum is reportedly hosting an exclusive dance party and banquet this weekend, with tickets starting at $500 per person.

According to the museum, attendees can “enjoy fine wine, cocktails, high-end cuisine and dance to music from a top New York DJ in one of Manhattan’s premiere locations.”

Family members of victims and first responders are being offered discounted tickets at $475 per person.

“We’re deeply excited to welcome DJ Eyeball Paul, who will be spinning all your favorite hits throughout the night as you party the night away without a care,” according to an official website promoting the event “From pop songs like Pharrell’s ‘Happy,’ Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ and MIA’s ‘Paper Planes’ to rock like the Rolling Stones’ ‘Miss You’ and R.E.M.’s ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It,’ DJ Eyeball Paul knows how to spin a record and keep you moving.

“So come party the night away at the 9/11 Museum in tribute to America’s heroes, the people who helped make this museum a reality!”

It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll

The museum at Ground Zero, which opened last week, has already attracted criticism for being insensitive to victims by cashing in on a national tragedy.

Honored visitors invited for a first look at the museum were asked to leave early and turned away from an exclusive VIP cocktail reception for big donors, held in a room near the remains of 1,115 unidentified victims.

The museum charges $24 for general admission and includes a swanky 80-seat restaurant. And its gift shop sells expensive souvenirs such as first-responder T-shirts, hats, jewelry, toys, commemorative flags and memorial coffee mugs.

Many have argued the museum shouldn’t host events at what is meant to be a solemn memorial site for reflection and understanding. However, spokesman Nick Naylor argues the memorial is simply looking at “innovative ways” to bring in visitors and their money.

“We need to generate revenue to cover our $63 million operating budget and our CEO’s $378,000 salary,” he said. “Admission will just cover just $40 million of that. Plus, a party is another way of saying thank you to people’s sacrifices and hard work in building this museum.

“It’s open to 9/11 families and first responders as well,” he added. “They say music is good for your health, especially if you have chronic diseases and PTSD, so it’s a win for them, too.”

In addition to dances, the museum is open for business for all kinds of events, Naylor said.

“We’re not just planning to host the finest rock, hip-hop, country, and pop concerts in New York City,” he said. “We also plan to host weddings, business conferences, political fundraisers, Bat Mitzvahs, and birthday parties. We’ve got the best location in Manhattan, so why not use it?”

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