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Snap a selfie – or a backie!

January 31st, 2017

Share your AGO experience with your friends…yes, you can take photos here!

Last week, gallery-goers across the world snapped a selfie with their favourite collection or work of art for #MuseumSelfie Day, and the AGO was proud to take part. The one-day event was founded in 2014 by London museum blogger Mar Dixon to encourage people to visit their local museum. Here is what #MuseumSelfie Day looked like at the AGO:

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Did you know we’re photo-friendly here? Photography is allowed in the Gallery for personal use, except in certain areas that are clearly marked. But, breaking news: according to our resident social media guru Lexie Buchanan, museum selfies are a thing of the past. “In the past few months I’ve noticed that we see fewer selfies,” she said. “It seems people are more drawn to taking what we call the #MuseumBackie. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a photo taken of someone from the back looking toward an artwork. It’s how people are now choosing to document their visit.”

Take some #MuseumBackie tips from our @ago_events team:

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Feel free to snap a selfie—or a backie—during your visit and share it with us on Instagram at @agotoronto – just be sure you’re in a space that allows photography.

Why can’t you take pictures in some galleries?  Some of our artworks are covered under Canadian copyright law, which is legislation that protects the rights of artists and their representatives. To find out more, click here.

One final note: selfie sticks are not permitted – the last thing anyone wants is to accidentally back up into a priceless work of art!

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