Collection Safety

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Gallery guards are posted throughout the Museum to ensure the safety of our collection.

We ask that visitors also observe the following safety measures:

  • Visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 24 inches from works of art and cases.
  • When writing or sketching in the galleries, only pencils should be used. (Other media may be approved by our Registrar.)
  • Gallery walls should not be used to support paper for writing assignments, nor to be leaned against.
  • Backpacks, umbrellas, and other bulky items should be left with an entrance guard or in a coat room locker.
  • Eating and drinking are permitted in designated spaces only, not in the galleries.
  • Non-flash photography is welcome throughout the Museum, except in special exhibitions where prohibited by contract.  Look for signs or ask a gallery guard if unsure.
  • The Museum campus is tobacco-free.
  • We welcome visitors of all ages, but ask that only adults control strollers and wheelchairs.
  • With the exception of assistance animals, pets are not allowed in the Museum.