Here are the eight left museum etiquette tips to consider when entering a museum – both a domestic and a foreign one.
Forget about selfie sticks
Shooting a picture of yourself surrounded by artworks and masterpieces is a fun way of self-expression. However, you should keep in mind no selfie sticks can be used since they add unsafety to the art objects and discomfort to other visitors. Just use your arm to take a photo – arm length is a much more proper and easier controlled alternative.
Don’t waste time on shooting your every step
Some people snap pictures of every object of an exhibition. But this way, you miss the whole experience of enjoying your visit! Concentrate on what you see and choose to snap only those exhibits you’ve liked most of all. Those who need to shoot an object’s description for later will be happy to know this data is available in the museum online catalogue.
Mind where you’re going
There are many lines and barriers in any museum. It’s a little more complicated in case of objects standing on the floor or consisting of less conventional materials such as sand. A rule of thumb here is to maintain some adequate distance between yourself and other people and items. Two feet is enough. Be aware of your surroundings and prick up your ears.
Find the right pace
In general, the speed you walk through museum’s halls isn’t regulated, and any visitor chooses an individual pace he feels comfortable with. However, there are less spacy places where big groups of people simply don’t leave you enough room to either decently explore the exhibits or pass by as quickly as you want. In this case reading the items’ descriptions becomes especially tricky, so the best idea is to use and audio guide. Some museums even save your money by providing a free application compatible with your smartphone.
Don’t expect too much
Not every exhibit will make you delighted and thrilled. Thinking that all art objects must be impressive to the point of moving you and touching your heart is a common delusion. It’s normal if you don’t feel anything special about a certain work. Just keep moving further towards that breathtaking feeling of amazement some other works will give you, when you least expect it.
Touching any items is a “No”
Although this simple rule seems so obvious, people are seen touching highly-valued art objects at any museum. Seeing an artifact without a protective cover doesn’t mean you can touch it, as it belongs to the collection nevertheless. Rooms with interactive elements you are allowed – and welcome! – to apply usually have a clear mark.
No leaning on the walls
These museum constructions are presented in abundance, but they are not meant to recline against. Being tired after a long museum excursion is not surprising, but do not use walls as a resting surface. It doesn’t matter if those have paintings or any other art works or not. Finding a seat is the most suitable way to cope with fatigue.
Food, drinks and vapes are a “No”
Even if you are extra careful, someone may push you accidentally, or some other unpleasant incident can occur putting art objects in danger or actually harming them. The majority of museums have nice eateries indoors or outside that are more appropriate and convenient for eating, drinking or vaping.