It’s #MuseumSelfie Day! Did you know?
The times they have a-changed since I started working in museums 20 or so years ago. Back then, “No Photography” signs were the norm (copyright and preservation issues). Then came the “No Flash Photography” signs (preservation issues). Now many museums have abandoned the signs altogether and are holding Instameets and setting up Selfie Stations.
Museums offer people the opportunity to see and sometimes interact with objects, people, ideas, and techniques that are inspirational to them, so why not let them share their enthusiasm with the world via a selfie! Let selfie behavior help you. How and where selfies are taken can be an indicator of the most powerful and effective experiences your museum offers. Many are funny and clever and when they’re shared on social media they publicize the museum in an organic, grassroots way.
How has your museum embraced “selfie culture?” Share your ideas and maybe a selfie or two.
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Yes, at the Waterloo Region Museum some temporary exhibits have mats on the floor pointing out good selfie spots. The mat includes the various ways it can be posted including specific hashtags.The selfie spot mats are now migrating into the main gallery. Currently one is located by a threshing machine.