According to the Smithsonian Web site, selfie sticks are now included in the policy that prohibits use of tripods and monopods. “This is a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions,” according to the Web site.
Other museums in the District – including the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection – have banned the selfie stick, as have major museums in Boston, New York and Los Angeles.
The Smithsonian doesn’t want to dampen visitor fun, though. Selfies are encouraged — just without the sticks.
“We encourage museum visitors to take selfies and share their experiences,” the announcement states.