Museums in Paris are Starting to Ban Selfie Sticks

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Selfie sticks are a brilliantly simple and increasingly pervasive. But they're also ruffling feathers. How? High-profile museums in Paris are beginning to ban them over fears about potential damage to pieces of art.

The Telegraph reports that guards at the Palace of Versailles just outside Paris have "started ordering visitors to put away their selfie sticks". Apparently a formal ban will be "introduced within weeks". In the centre of the city, modern-art museum the Centre Pompidou is also said to be "heading towards a ban". Down the road, the Louvre is said to be "concerned" about them, too and while there isn't a ban in place yet, visitors aren't allowed to point anything at art works.

The motivation for the bans — planned and considered — is the potential for damage being caused to priceless pieces of art and furnishings. The venues will join a list that already includes sports arenas in London, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. It looks like the indoor use of the selfie stick may just have had its day. [Telegraph]

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