To some it’s a relief and to others it’s a disappointment. According to a report done by CBC Montreal, both the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) and the Pointe-à-Callière archaeology museum have banned the use of selfie sticks by museum visitors.
It’s been a growing trend for years: go to a museum, snap a picture of a famous painting, show people that it’s you who’s actually there by taking a selfie. The selfie stick whose inventor is Canadian, Wayne Fromm, was created in order to help people better frame a selfie by attaching their smartphone to an arm that stretches over three feet. Both museums’ bans on the selfie stick were due to spatial concerns. Museum officials believe that the selfie stick invades people’s private space, thus infringing on their museum experience. Furthermore, there were concerns about the possibility of damaging museum pieces.
The ban of selfie sticks in Montreal follows bans on selfie sticks from some of the United States’ most prominent museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.
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