Museums Rule! Why Do Art Museum Rules Exist?

If you’re looking for family-friendly outings or places to send your creepy uncle who’s in from out of town this holiday season, why not check out a local art museum? The Bay Area is home to zillions of amazing cultural institutions that are warm, inviting, and awaiting your visit.

Admission costs vary but the rules do not — in almost any art museum, food, touching the art, and running amok are not allowed. And it’s not because some stuffy security guard wants to ruin your fun. There are important reasons for these rules, and in order to explain them, we worked with Bay Area youth to put together this superhero-style short film about why museums have rules.

This film project was produced in partnership with the de Young Museum and their teen ambassador program, and expertly shot and edited by the Bay Area Video Coalition’s youth production company, The Factory.

Many local organizations welcome students and families, and they often provide free admission days and guided tours. Some of these local museums include the de Young Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the Jewish Contemporary Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Asian Art Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

P.S.: If you find yourself in a museum where photography is allowed, why not contribute a photo to the Jumping in Museums blog? Museums often allow photography near their own collections, but it is generally not allowed in temporary exhibitions.

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Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is the creator and producer of KQED's Emmy Award-winning web video series, Art School, and she is a contributing editor for Juxtapoz magazine. She has interviewed many well-known contemporary artists including Miranda July, Daniel Clowes, David Shrigley, Olek, and JR. Kristin's artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the Bay Area including Fifty24SF, Anno Domini and The Bedford Gallery. Her FarrOut art app for iOS was released in 2013. She lives in the East Bay and her favorite color is all of them.

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