With #MuseumSelfieDay2018 just around the corner, here are our five tips on creating the perfect cultural close-up:

1. Strike a pose
You don’t have to pull a duckface to create a #MuseumSelfie. ‘Selfie’ is a loose term in the museum world. Because we’re an accepting bunch, the term can refer to a photo that isn’t your typical arm-in-the-air, 45-degree-angle posed shot.

Instead, think about what you can do to interact with or compliment the artwork. Could you pose in the same way as someone in the painting? Blend into a rainy backdrop by sheltering under an umbrella? Appear to be being chased by a T-Rex?

2. Be original
We can’t all get up close and personal with a classic image like the Mona Lisa, à la Beyonce and Jay-Z but that doesn’t matter. The best #MuseumSelfies make you laugh or think because they’re new and unexpected. Take a look at this collection for ideas.

3. Think ahead
In the quest to be funny, be sensitive. Nobody wants to create a furore like the museum in Indonesia where people took photos in front of a waxwork Hitler.

4. Take a moment
We love selfies but don’t forget to enjoy the exhibition too. And look around you! Be careful not to walk into anyone – or anything. Nobody wants to be the person who tripped and caused $200,000 of damage.

5. Share kindly
When you’re posting your selfie, mention the organizations and people involved in the exhibition so they can see your efforts. Everyone wants to see that visitors are enjoying the experience.

#MuseumSelfieDay2018 takes place on 17 January 2018.

Banner photo by Jacek Halicki – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0