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The National Gallery has banned selfie sticks

Posted at 4:30 pm, March 11, 2015 in News
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Question: if you go to a gallery and no-one sees you there, have you really been to a gallery at all?

Selfie sticks have been banned by the National Gallery, meaning social media savvy show-offs are going to have visit London’s other attractions to look #highbrow. 

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The gallery has just added selfie sticks to its ban on tripods and is getting staff to enforce the rule. It’s following the lead of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Frick. A spokesperson said: ‘Photography is allowed for personal, non-commercial purposes in the National Gallery – however, there are a few exceptions in order to protect paintings, copyright of loans, individual privacy and the overall visitor experience. Therefore the use of flash and tripods is not permitted.’

The British Museum has hinted that is might also be joining the ranks, with a spokesperson explaining ‘staff will politely inform visitors if the use of any equipment is endangering objects or other people on site’.

That’s alright for art lovers without a personal brand to maintain. But, where should you go if you want to pout next to a painting and/or historical object? Answer: the Tate Modern, Tate Britain or National Portrait Gallery, yo.

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