Selfie sticks banned at Art Institute of Chicago

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CHICAGO –Leave your selfie stick at home if you’re headed to the Art Institute of Chicago.

The device, used to improve self-photos, has been banned from the popular tourist attraction.

In January the institute quietly updated its policies to disallow the selfie sticks, saying the sticks pose a threat to the museum’s treasured art and other guests.

Other attractions in the U.S. that have banned selfie sticks: Detroit Institute of Arts, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with the Smithsonian museums in Washington.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story

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  • Beth M

    I think the WORLD should ban selfie sticks. I just got back from LA and it seemed like everyone was using them. And knocking into each other. Who needs to view a video of themselves walking down the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade? This is the height of narcissism.

  • joe

    I am personally never going to the art institute to boycott this ban of selfie sticks. I was planning on going next Saturday with my wife but we will make other plans. What is the point of going to the art institute if you can’t take proper pictures of your experience. Ive had two phones and one camera stolen from me when i asked a fellow Chicago citzen to take my picture for me. They just run away with my belongings. You lost my business art institute of chicago until you repeal your ban on selfie sticks.

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