Hoping to take a selfie with the Hope Diamond or a recreation of a NASA space module on a visit to a Smithsonian museum? Go right ahead. However, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way.
Starting today, the Smithsonian Institution banned the use of selfie sticks within all of its numerous museums throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. In a Tuesday news release, the Smithsonian said that the new rule, which adds to a previous ban of tripods and monopods, aims to “protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions.”
— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) March 3, 2015
The Smithsonian museums are not the first institutions to ban selfie sticks. In the national’s capital, the National Gallery of Art and Phillips Collection beat the Smithsonian to the punch in banning the apparatuses. Around the U.S., New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Texas’ Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth are just a few examples on the growing list of places establishing their own bans.