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An area or building that displays a variety of visual art exhibitions. Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in openstreetmap-carto
Group: Tourism
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

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

Set a node node at the center of the feature or draw an area area along its outline. Tag it with tourism=gallery and name=*

Useful combination tags

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.


Possible Tagging Mistakes

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