The long-armed photo-taking tool may damage art – or patrons

By Michelle Ward
February 06, 2015 05:10 PM
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Headed to that new art exhibit? Better leave your selfie stick at home.

The selfie stick – a metal rod that attaches to iPhones so people can snap better selfies – is now being banned by some of the top museums in the country.

Already prohibited at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum and in the indoor galleries at California’s Getty Center and Getty Villa, selfie sticks might next be banned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“The Museum is considering a ban on selfie sticks. We have not made a decision yet,” a spokesperson for the Met tells PEOPLE.

The institutions are concerned that selfie sticks could damage works of art and create a safety hazard for patrons.

“For the safety of our visitors and the Museum’s works of art, we don’t permit visitors to take photos with any camera-extension devices,” a rep for the Museum of Modern Art in New York told Gothamist. “MoMA’s policy is that visitors may use handheld devices only.”

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