It opened on October 5, Founder Daniel Gluck wanted to start a museum dedicated to "the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality. In its exhibitions, programs and publications, The Museum of Sex is committed to open discourse and exchange, and to bringing to the public the best in current scholarship. Although the museum's exhibits are presented in an educational format, they sometimes feature explicit content. Because of this, visitors must be 18 years old or older. While Gluck was planning the museum, the New York State Board of Regents rejected its application for non-profit status, objecting that the idea of a "museum of sex" made "a mockery" of the concept of museums. Unlike restrictions placed on adult entertainment venues, New York City authorities have allowed the museum to locate itself within feet of a church or school.