Things to Know

Things to Know

Whether you're a first-time museum visitor or a life-long member of the DAM, you need to know a few things about the museum. 

Please Don't Touch

Even the lightest touch can damage a work of art, so please do not touch the art. Your great-great-grandchildren will thank you.

Photograph with Care

Photography for personal, noncommercial use is generally permitted in all of the museum’s galleries and public spaces. You will see no photography sign or symbol on the gallery door or an artwork label if photography is not permitted. Please remember to turn off the flash, stash the tripod, and be aware of other visitors around you.

Sketch with Pencils

Feel free to sketch with pencil in notebooks 11 by 14 inches or smaller. Colored pencils and ink pens are not allowed in the galleries, except in designated artmaking areas.

Bring the Kids

The DAM is a fun and fascinating place for kids of all ages. Strollers are available at our welcome centers, and family restrooms are located in both buildings. Visit the Kids & Families page.

Stow Your Bags & Packages

Please use our free lockers on level one of both buildings.

Talk About It

We encourage dialogue in the galleries, but please be courteous to others. If you need to talk on your cell phone, stay in lobby areas. Follow the DAM on Twitter and Facebook to tell us what you think and stay informed about the museum's event and exhibitions.

Don't Eat or Drink in the Galleries

Snack in designated areas. Food and beverages are not allowed in the galleries.

Accessible to All

The DAM welcomes all visitors and we strive to be accessible to everyone.  Visit the Accessibility and Access Programs pages to learn more.