Smithsonian Bans Selfie Sticks

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

@smithsonian tweets:

“Our policy on #selfie sticks, TLDR version: Take those selfies but leave the stick in your bag”

Their full press release says:

“For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and gardens. Effective today, March 3, monopod selfie sticks are included in this policy.

This is a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions.

We encourage museum visitors to take selfies and share their experiences—and leave the selfie sticks in their bags.”

13 Comment

  • Smilla


    Next, they should ban people from taking pictures with their tablets. Haaate that!

  • I actually don’t mind selfie sticks because it’s more considerate of others than making everyone stop walking for you to have your picture taken 34893735 times…

    • Smilla

      How is a selfie stick “more considerate” when it still prevents people from walking between you and your camera?

      • maxwell smart

        I would argue that they are actually less considerate – the stick extends further then your arm length so it prevents anyone within a 2-3 foot radius. Nevermind that most people aren’t looking when they use them and in a crowded museum it means lots of people getting smacked, walking into them, etc.

  • SouthwestDC

    I unabashedly love my selfie stick. But if they’re going to ban tripods (which I also love for more serious photography) I guess it’s only fair to ban them too.

  • Glad they’re doing this. A major annoyance.

  • Tripods and monopods have been forbidden for years… no reason to tolerate a monopod-like device you would swing around… good and perfectly logical decision!

  • Smithsonian FTW. Glad to see them helping tourists look less stupid than normal.

  • justinbc

    This is fantastic news to come home to. Get that crap out of here.

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