Mar 30, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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Bring your beach towel and wear your floral headband – but forget that “selfie stick” if you’re going to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals.

The devices are banned at those events in Indio, California, and Chicago.

Critics call them “nar-ciss-stiks.”

Some people enjoy perching their cellphones on the expandable sticks – to snap themselves in front of all number of things.

Many U.S. and european museums have banned the “selfie sticks.”

The National Gallery of Canada takes a similar position – and already bans photography equipment such as tripods – for fear someone could damage one of the art works.

But the Canadian Museum of Nature embraces and even encourages the trend.

Marketing director John Swettenham says the museum wants people to be able to share their experience – and since most exhibits are behind glass -they’re not as concerned about damage as other institutions.

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