Why are children under the age of 12 not allowed upstairs in the galleries?

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Why are children under the age of 12 not allowed upstairs in the galleries?

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The Neue Galerie has adopted this policy for two reasons. The first is that the museum exhibits extremely fragile works of decorative art that are not protected by display cases or stanchions. An age restriction allows the museum to safeguard these pieces, while permitting viewers to appreciate their quality and rarity without intrusive barriers. The second reason for this policy is that the subject matter of works displayed as part of our collection and special exhibitions is sometimes violent or sexually explicit and may be considered unsuitable for young viewers.

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