This museum wants you to touch the art and take lots of pictures

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Go ahead, touch the art and have your picture taken at Art in Island interactive musuem in Quezon City, Philipines. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook
Go ahead, touch the art and have your picture taken at Art in Island interactive musuem in Quezon City, Philipines. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook

It figures that the city known for generating the most Instagram selfles would open a museum to attract selfie shooters.

Art in Island, an interactive art museum in a suburban Manila, Philippines, has installations designed for visitors to incorporate themselves into master 3-D copies of some classic works.

Visitors to Art in Island museum stage photos with the art. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook
Visitors to Art in Island museum stage photos with the art. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook

They are having a ball acting out their place in the art. Just look at some of the photos visitors post to the museum’s Facebook page.

One visitor to the museum in Quezon City steps out of van Gogh’s Starry Night; another appears to be tearing the canvas of Edvard Munch’s iconic The Scream.

A visitor to Art in Island knowns just how to impress the lady on the swing. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook
A visitor to Art in Island knowns just how to impress the lady on the swing. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook

To be encouraged to touch and climb on the art is stepping into another world, considering museums around the world, including the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art in the U.S., have banned the use of selfie sticks. Guards at museums all over are constantly asking visitors not to take pictures, but of course, many get away with it.

Art in Island is part museum and part playground. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook
Art in Island is part museum and part playground. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook

“Whenever you visit an art museum, you are always expected to just look around quietly,” Art in Island officials wrote on the museum’s Facebook page. “You are not allowed to touch anything nor take pictures. That’s why, for those who think that (an) ‘art museum is not for me,’ we bring you ART IN ISLAND.”

This museum goer strikes the right note with her expression as she posed for a photo. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook
This museum goer strikes the right note with her expression as she posed for a photo. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook

Last March, Time magazine conducted research to see where selfies came from during a 24-hour period around the world. It found two cities near Manila, Pasig and Makati City, produced 258 selfies per 100,000 people, the most of any region.

This big cat appears to be grooming one playful museum goer. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook
This big cat appears to be grooming one playful museum goer. Photo: Art in Island/Facebook