Guidelines for students and artists using the galleries


We request that visitors follow these guidelines while visiting the galleries:

1) Museum objects should not be touched.
The majority of objects in the Museum are displayed behind glass, as even the cleanest of hands will damage their surface. The galleries have a wide variety of interactives which visitors may touch and engage with.

2) Museum objects, cases or plinths should not be leant upon either for your support or to rest drawing boards.
Similarly, coats and bags should not be rested against or hung on objects or cases.

3) The use of wet art materials is prohibited in the galleries.
Only pencils and coloured pencils are allowed for drawing in the galleries, no pens, pastels, chalks or charcoals.

4) Spray paints, adhesives and fixatives are prohibited in all galleries.
They contain substances that may damage the Museum's collections, and may present a risk to the well-being of other visitors

5) You are welcome to use personal stereos and mobile phones within the Museum.
Please be considerate of other visitors.

6) Eating and drinking is forbidden in the galleries.
Information about where you can eat packed lunches is available here.

7) Flash photographs and video can be taken in the Museum galleries for personal use only.
Tripods or supplementary lighting are not to be used. Photography and video may not be allowed in some temporary exhibitions or where an object's label indicates a private loan; please refer to signage in the galleries. More information about photography and video can be found here, or by calling the marketing department on 020 8983 5219 / or 020 8983 5227 /

Please note that the Museum does not accept any liability for the loss or damage of personal belongings or equipment.




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