|tourism = gallery|
|An area or building that displays a variety of visual art exhibitions.|
|Rendering in openstreetmap-carto|
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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 gallery 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).
How to Map
Distinction between gallery and art shop
shop=art - A 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.
Additional reasons for not using this tag among mappers is that for many there is no significant difference between museum displaying primarily nonart and one primarily displaying art. In addition this tag in many places is used mostly for art shops that pretend to not be retail locations.