How to Behave at a Gallery

With increasing wealth, leisure time, and opportunities for employment, more original art is available to the masses. But that's no excuse to act like a goon in a gallery.

You will need

  • A sense of decorum
  • And common courtesy

Step 1 Silence your cell phone Before entering the building, turn off your cell phone or set it to vibrate.

Step 2 Keep kids close If you have children along, remind them not to touch anything and keep them close to you.

Step 3 Don’t be loud Do not be loud inside or call to a friend across the room.

Step 4 Don’t clog traffic Upon entering a gallery, scan the space as you move through the door, considering how you want to approach the artwork while not clogging up traffic.

Step 5 Stand aside When not directly viewing a work, step aside and let others see it.

Step 6 Tip on complimentary food or drinks If there are complimentary food and beverages available, feel free to partake, but tip if you’re able.

Step 7 Don’t gawk Don’t get caught gawking too much at other gallery-goers, no matter how pretty, handsome, or outlandish they may be.

Step 8 Keep criticism to yourself If there’s a remote possibility the artist is present, refrain from making any critical comments.

Step 9 Don’t say you could do that Never say, ‘I could do that.’ Chance are you can’t.

Step 10 Ask questions Should you have any questions, feel free to direct them to the artist or gallery owner. If you get a chance to meet them, thank them for having the show.