Welcome to the Fine Arts Center. We want you to have a great time and learn about our art museum, and to that, there are rules that we all have to follow:
- Walk, don’t run. No shoving, horseplay, or dancing.
- Talk softly and respect other people in the galleries.
- Respect the artwork by not touching. Give the artwork at least an arm’s length of breathing room. If thousands of people touch a work of art, the oils from their hands will discolor or destroy the surface of the artwork, and eventually it will wear down or break. Also keep from touching pedestals or walls.
- Rather than pointing your finger or pencil at the art, try to describe the things you want someone to look at. If you lose your balance or someone bumps you, your finger or pencil can damage the art.
- Leave food, gum, or drinks in the coat check room or in the garbage.
- Leave all backpacks and large bags in the coat check room by the lobby.
- Photographs: you can take photographs of art on the First Floor, but not the Second Floor. If you do take photographs, always make sure your flash is off because your flash can damage the art.
- If you have a music player and earphones, please turn it off.
- Please, no talking on cell phones in the galleries, and please turn off your ringers – other people in the museum are here to have a quiet experience with the art.
- You are allowed to sketch or write in your notebook while in the galleries, but only with pencil, never with ink pen.
- Stay with the group or with your adult chaperone.
Teachers and chaperones, we would like to ask for your help throughout the tour to remind any student of the rules if necessary.
Remember, an art museum is not like a park or a playground, and you have to remember these special rules. Why? Because you’re helping the museum protect and preserve the art for the rest of our visitors and for the future. Artists put a lot of work and time into their art and we want it to be around forever.