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Commons:WikiProject Arts / Conditions for Taking photographs in museums, collections, churches, etc. limited to visual arts

Mission: Provide information about museum photography where and under what circumstances photographs can be taken in galleries, museums, etc.

Everyone is invited to contribute!

Tips and tricksEdit

in a nutshell

  • Visit the site at times when it's least frequented (avoid disturbing people in front of the lens and behind).
  • Most religious buildings allow taking photographs but make sure that no faces of worshippers are captured (esp. in the islamic buildings).
  • Have fully charged spare battery packs and enough film rolls/memory space ready. Some interiors are dimly lit and need high ISO speeds.
  • Bring a foldable cardboard to cover disturbing light to prevent reflections.
  • Obey policies about taking photographs or videos, otherwise that might not be allowed in the future or being more restrictive. There are institutions where you have to deposit your camera at the entrance on arrival.
  • Conditions may change after publication, contact the collection shortly prior your visit to verify.
  • Commons:Image_casebook#Museum_and_interior_photography
  • See also: Deutsch de:Wikipedia:Fototipps

List of conditions for taking photographs or videosEdit

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Deutsch: Liste zu Fotografier- und Videografiererlaubnissen und -verboten bzw. Einschränkungen

About this list

  • Conditions listed here are suited for non-commercial photographers
  • If a fee is not stated in the list, then there's no fee (not guaranteed)
  • sort criterion by default: city or town
  • “Yes” means taking photographs is allowed, “No” accordingly

Note for editors:

  • Name the original name of the site first
  • If you can provide a source, name it
  • Set “yes Yes check.svg” if yes (including restrictions, if applicable)
  • Set “no No-Symbol.svg” if not at all
  • Set “? Commons-emblem-query.svg” if unknown
  • "yes", "no" and "?" are sort criteria
City/town Site Conditions Checked
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum no No-Symbol.svg www 2009-06-07 Mattes
Athens National Archaeological Museum of Athens yes Yes check.svg no pods, no flash 2009-08-03
Athens Acropolis Museum no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording. 2009-08-03
Augsburg Schaezlerpalais(several museums and galleries) no No-Symbol.svg no photography without written permission.www 2013-03-16
Bamberg Neue Residenz - Staatsgalerie yes Yes check.svg but no flashverbal information from museum's offical. 2009-11-29 Mattes
Bamberg Historisches Museum Bamberg (Alte Hofhaltung) no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording. Mail information from museum's director. 2009-06-04 Chriusha
Basel Kunstmuseum Basel no No-Symbol.svg no photography, no videoswww, No. 4 2012-01-03, Mattes
Bayreuth Neues Schloss - Zweiggalerie der Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen no No-Symbol.svg.verbal information from museum's offical and signs. 2011-03-01 Mattes
Berlin Gemäldegalerie / all Berlin State Museums yes Yes check.svg for private purposes, no flash, no tripods.
no No-Symbol.svg for commercial purposes www Deutsch (PDF) - Berlin State Museums document, individual terms at the location should be checked
YYYY-MM-DD
Bern Kunstmuseum Bern  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the websitewww 2012-12-17 Mattes
Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the websitewww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Budapest Magyar Nemzeti Galéria English Hungarian National Gallery yes Yes check.svg (fee 1,500 Ft)www 2009-06-06 Mattes
Cambridge, UK Anglesey Abbey yes Yes check.svg No flash, no tripod. Respect other visitors. 2010-4-1
Cambridge, UK Cambridge and County Folk Museum yes Yes check.svg Flash, tripod & video tolerated. For personal non-commercial use only 2010-4-22
Cambridge, UK Kettle's Yard yes Yes check.svg Allowed in the Ede's house if a permit is purchased. For non-commercial, personal, use only. Flash, tripods, video forbidden
no No-Symbol.svg No photography allowed in the exhibition gallery.
2010-4-22
Cambridge, UK Fitzwilliam Museum no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording except the exterior and (usually) the entrance hall. Special arrangements can be pre-negotiated for photography for personal study.www 2010-4-1
Cambridge, UK Museum of Classical Archaeology yes Yes check.svg Handheld still cameras only. Permitted for personal use only. Not for reproduction or publication, not even on the internet. Use of flash, tripods and video prohibited. 2010-4-15
Cambridge, UK Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences yes Yes check.svg Permitted for personal educational use only. Not for reproduction or publication. Use of flash, tripods and video tolerated as long as others are not inconvenienced. 2010-4-15
Cambridge, UK Technology Museum yes Yes check.svg No restrictions on cameras. Avoid inconvenience to staff and other visitors www 2010-4-1
Cambridge, UK University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology yes Yes check.svg No flash, no tripod, no videos. 2010-4-15
Cambridge, UK Whipple Museum of the History of Science yes Yes check.svg Permitted for personal educational use only. No flash, no tripod. Not for reproduction or publication. Images for publication will be supplied by the museum.www 2010-4-1
Cambridge, UK Zoology Museum yes Yes check.svg Still and video allowed, no tripod. Individual special requests considered

www

2010-4-1
Chania Archaeological Museum of Chania yes Yes check.svg No flash, no tripod. Photograhy of a few marked objects forbidden for copyright reasons. Interior can be dark so a high ISO setting may be needed.www 2010-4-2
Chania Chania Byzantine Museum no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording.www 2010-4-3
Chania Maritime Museum of Crete yes Yes check.svgwww 2010-04-03
Colmar, France Musée Unterlinden yes Yes check.svg only with written permission plus fixed rate museum fee plus ADAGP fee if applicable.www 2012-07-25 Mattes
Copenhagen The National Museum of Denmark yes Yes check.svg only private use, tripod not accepted, standard flash accepted [1] 2009-11-20 Nillerdk
Compiègne Musée de l'Armistice no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording. Clearly visible indicated and communicated by supervisory staff. 2009-09-24 Chriusha
Dresden Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden) no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording.www (PDF) 2013-10-12
Frankfurt am Main Städelsches Kunstinstitut regular exhibition: yes Yes check.svg but no lights or tripod, no commercial usage (exept with written permission). No photography or filming fees according to the website whatsoever.

special exhibits: no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recordingwww

2013-08-30 Mattes
Hamburg Kunsthalle  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg YYYY-MM-DD
Henley-on-Thames, UK River & Rowing Museum no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recordingwww 2011-05-26
Istanbul Chora Church Museum yes Yes check.svg, no flash or tripod 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Dolmabahce Palace yes Yes check.svg outside buildings, no No-Symbol.svg inside buildings. 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Hagia Sophia yes Yes check.svg, no flash 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Istanbul Archeological Museum yes Yes check.svg, no flash and tripod in the rooms with the Sidon Finds including the Alexander sarcophagus. 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Istanbul Military Museum yes Yes check.svg, camera usage fee 6 YTL. 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Topkapi Palace yes Yes check.svg outside buildings and in the historic rooms, no No-Symbol.svg in the collection rooms (treasury, relics rooms etc.). 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum yes Yes check.svg, no flash or video.
(Rick Steves' Istanbul, 2009, incorrectly reports that all photography is forbidden.)
2010-07 Sandstein
Karlsruhe Badisches Landesmuseum  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the websitewww 2009-06-06 Mattes
Karlsruhe Staatliche Kunsthalle  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the websitewww 2012-06-24 Mattes
London Bank of England Museum no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording.
London British Museum yes Yes check.svg photography with flash and video recording is permitted in most galleries for private purposes only, using hand-held equipment. www 2009-08-06
London London's Transport Museum  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the website www 2009-08-06
London National Gallery no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording.
London National Portrait Gallery no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording.www 2009-08-03
London Natural History Museum yes Yes check.svg With a hand-held camera (no tripod, flash or lighting) for personal and private use. www 2009-08-06
London Pitzhanger Manor Museum & Gallery yes Yes check.svg photography with flash and video recording is permitted but a form must be signed declaring that they are for personal use only. However, this insistence is not mentioned on any of its websites. www 2008
London Sir John Soanes Museum no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording.www
London St Paul's Cathedral no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording.www 2014-03-26
London Science museum in South Kensington  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg only the conditions for photography and filming by the ‘media’ is mentioned on the website www 2009-08-06
London Victoria and Albert Museums (both South Kensington and Museum of Childhood) yes Yes check.svgand flash photography is permitted. Tripods by ‘prior’ arrangement only.
no No-Symbol.svg Some restrictions do apply though in some galleries and for some exhibits, so check.www
2009-08-03
Los Angeles Getty Center yes Yes check.svg but no pods, no flashwww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Madrid Museo del Prado no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording.English www Deutsch www 2012-08-08 Mattes
Madrid Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the websitewww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Merseyside Merseyside Maritime Museum yes Yes check.svg non-commercial photography only, flash and tripods forbiddenwww 2011-06-13
Milan(o) Pinacoteca ambrosiana no No-Symbol.svg interiorwww 2012-05-03 Mattes
Montpellier Musée Fabre no No-Symbol.svg strictly prohibited and indicated by the staff, both photos and films. ~2008-09 Atlan da Gonozal
Munich Hypo-Kunsthalle no No-Symbol.svg no photography or video recording. 2009-08-23 Mattes
Munich Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München yes Yes check.svg but no flashlights 2013-06 Mattes
Munich Alte Pinakothek yes Yes check.svg but no tripod, no artificial light 2009-06-06 Mattes
Munich Neue Pinakothek yes Yes check.svg but no tripod, no artificial light 2013-03-10
Munich Villa Stuck  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the websitewww 2009-09-12 Mattes
New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) yes Yes check.svg but no flash, no video cameraswww 2013-09-05 Mattes
Nuremberg Albrecht-Dürer-Haus  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the websitewww 2013-09-05 Mattes
Nuremberg Germanisches Nationalmuseum yes Yes check.svg but no flash; tripods only with special permission; commercial photography only with special permissionwww (Darf ich im Museum fotografieren?) · no No-Symbol.svg @ special exhibitionswww (Darf ich im Museum fotografieren?) 2013-09-05 Mattes
Paris Musée National du Louvre yes Yes check.svg but no flash, no mobile phoneswww 2009-06-08 Mattes
Prague Národní galerie English National Galleries yes Yes check.svg (unless specified otherwise) but no tripod, no flashwww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Rome Villa Albani  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg YYYY-MM-DD
Rome Museo Barracco di Scultura Antica  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the websitewww 2009-08-06 Mattes
Rome Museo e Galleria Borghese no No-Symbol.svg www (subject for deposit) 2009-07-13 Mattes
Rome Palazzo Altemps yes Yes check.svg for private purpose 2009-09 Jastrow
Rome Antiquarium del Palatino yes Yes check.svg for private purpose 2009-09 Jastrow
Rome Casa del Burcardo  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg YYYY-MM-DD
Rome Musei Capitolini yes Yes check.svg for private purpose 2009-09 Jastrow
Rome Museo Carlo Bilotti  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg YYYY-MM-DD
Rome Museo della civiltà romana English Museum of Roman Civilization  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the websitewww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Rome Museo nazionale delle arti e tradizioni popolari English National Museum of Folk Arts and Traditions  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg YYYY-MM-DD
Rome Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the website italiano www YYYY-MM-DD
Rome Galleria Villa Doria Pamphilj  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the websitewww 2009 Mattes
Rome Palazzo Barberini no No-Symbol.svg 2009-07-27 Mattes
Salzburg Dommuseum no No-Symbol.svg 2013-08 Mattes
Salzburg Residenzgalerie Salzburg no No-Symbol.svg 2013-08 Mattes
Seattle Frye Museum no No-Symbol.svg 2009-08-02 Jmabel
Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park yes Yes check.svg, though possibly subject to some restrictions; policy has been in some flux 2009-08-02 Jmabel
Seattle Seattle Art Museum no No-Symbol.svg in galleries
yes Yes check.svg in lobby and Art Ladder which contain some significant works.
2009-08-02 Jmabel
Seattle Seattle Asian Art Museum no No-Symbol.svg 2009-08-02 Jmabel
Strasbourg Musée des Beaux-Arts  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the website(www) 2012-11-01 Mattes
Strasbourg Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg not indicated on the website(www) 2013-02-03 Mattes
Tallinn Eesti Kunstmuuseum (KUMU)  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg ...
Tokyo Tōkyō Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan English Tokyo National Museum  ? Commons-emblem-query.svg ...
Toronto Art Gallery of Ontario yes Yes check.svg but no flash, no tripods; photos of works or art prohibited, and allowed only for architecture and public areas ...
Vatican Musei Vaticani English Vatican Museums yes Yes check.svg but no flash, no videos (non-regular exhibitions with exceptional written permission)
Exception: Sistine Chapel no No-Symbol.svg
2009-07-27 Mattes
Washington, D.C. National Gallery of Art yes Yes check.svg but no podswww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Wellington Te Papa no No-Symbol.svg, cameras allowed but not to take photographs of artefacts etc., and no commercial use allowed in any way www 2009-06-07 Mattes


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