Cameras & Photos Allowed On White House Tours for the First Time in 40 Years

Cameras & Photos Allowed On White House Tours for the First Time in 40 Years

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Tara Bellucci
Jul 1, 2015
(Image credit: @FLOTUS/Twitter)

The White House announced today that the ban on cameras and social media on public tours has been lifted. First Lady Michelle Obama made the announcement via Instagram this morning.

The rule, which stood for 40 years, was in place because of the damage old flash photography could cause to the artwork.

The tours now allow phone cameras and ones with lenses shorter than 3 inches. Selfie sticks are still prohibited, along with video cameras, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, and tripods.

The White House is encouraging people to share their photos using #WhiteHouseTour on Instagram and Twitter.

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