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|An area or building that displays a variety of visual art exhibitions.|
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An art gallery (or art museum) is an area or typically a building that displays a variety of visual art exhibitions. The most common exhibits being paintings, sculpture or photography.
An art galleries is a popular visitor attraction, both for tourists and locals. The tag should be used for any kind of gallery open to the public (either free or for a charge), be it a traditional art gallery, contemporary art, or photography (or a mix).
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Distinction between gallery and art shop
shop=art - An shop selling art. Art galleries may sell the works, but this is not the primary purpose. The distinction with art shops may be tricky. Many art shops are named as a "gallery" but are clearly still art shops. Sometimes a place may be very much styled as an art gallery, but private galleries which are primarily funded by selling the works to visitors would still be tagged shop=art. Meanwhile a private gallery with a high turnover of visitors and relatively infrequent sales (expensive art!) would count as a tourism=gallery.
Distinction between gallery and museum
tourism=museum - Other types of museums such as science / history museums. Note that art galleries very often have the word "museum" in the name. Despite this, if they are primarily displaying art, they should probably take the tag tourism=gallery. The tourism=museum tag has been documented since very early in the project's history, while this tourism=gallery was not documented until surprisingly recently. As such, many earlier-mapped tourism=museum institutions could now be reclassified as tourism=gallery, but this changeover process may happen slowly.