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Museum Rules


why we ask you not to touch

We experience the world through our senses. Touching may seem as natural as looking, but it has unfortunate consequences for artworks. No matter how clean your hands may be, human skin carries natural oils and acids that are harmful to artwork. A single touch can initiate permanent and irreversible chemical reactions that will darken paint, stain wood and marble, damage fabric and leather, and corrode metal.

The works of art on display are unique, fragile, and irreplaceable. To help us preserve this work for future generations, please do not touch or lean against the paintings, walls, or exhibits.

photography policy

MOCA creates original exhibitions and borrows traveling exhibitions from other institutions. Work comes to the museum, on loan, through the generosity of artists, museums, galleries and private collectors. With the exception of Dale Chihuly's Mille Colori, please do not photograph the artwork, unless otherwise indicated in the gallery spaces. Want to take pictures outside of the gallery? Please review our Professional photography guidelines.

additional notes on museum etiquette

Please leave all large parcels, briefcases, umbrellas, etc. in your vehicles or with the receptionist at the front desk. Food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy your visit to MOCA!

MOCA exhibits
Photo courtesy of MOCA/Rich Falcun.