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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 and videography where and under what circumstances photographs can be taken in galleries, museums, etc.

LocationsEdit

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

About this list

  • If a permission is not stated in the list, then there's probably none demanded (not guaranteed)
  • 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 ” if yes (including restrictions, if applicable)
  • Set “no ” if not at all
  • Set “? ” if unknown
  • "yes", "no" and "?" are sort criteria
City/town Site Conditions Checked
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum no www 2009-06-07 Mattes
Athens National Archaeological Museum of Athens yes no pods, no flash 2009-08-03
Athens Acropolis Museum no no photography or video recording. 2009-08-03
Augsburg Schaezlerpalais(several museums and galleries) no no photography without written permission.www 2013-03-16
Bamberg Neue Residenz - Staatsgalerie yes but no flashverbal information from museum's offical. 2009-11-29 Mattes
Bamberg Historisches Museum Bamberg (Alte Hofhaltung) no no photography or video recording. Mail information from museum's director. 2009-06-04 Chriusha
Basel Kunstmuseum Basel no no photography, no videoswww, No. 4 2012-01-03, Mattes
Bayreuth Neues Schloss - Zweiggalerie der Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen no .verbal information from museum's offical and signs. 2011-03-01 Mattes
Berlin Gemäldegalerie / all Berlin State Museums yes for private purposes, no flash, no tripods.
no for commercial purposes www (PDF) - Berlin State Museums document, individual terms at the location should be checked
YYYY-MM-DD
Bern Kunstmuseum Bern  ? not indicated on the websitewww 2012-12-17 Mattes
Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts  ? not indicated on the websitewww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Budapest Magyar Nemzeti Galéria Hungarian National Gallery yes (fee 1,500 Ft)www 2009-06-06 Mattes
Cambridge, UK Anglesey Abbey yes No flash, no tripod. Respect other visitors. 2010-4-1
Cambridge, UK Cambridge and County Folk Museum yes Flash, tripod & video tolerated. For personal non-commercial use only 2010-4-22
Cambridge, UK Kettle's Yard yes Allowed in the Ede's house if a permit is purchased. For non-commercial, personal, use only. Flash, tripods, video forbidden
no No photography allowed in the exhibition gallery.
2010-4-22
Cambridge, UK Fitzwilliam Museum Yes Permitted in the public galleries for personal use only. No flash, tripods or long lenses allowed. No photography allowed in special exhibitions or the shop. Photographers must observe all copyright obligations.www 2015-11-2
Cambridge, UK Museum of Classical Archaeology yes 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 Still photography permitted for personal educational use only. No video/filming. Not for reproduction or publication. Use of flash & tripods tolerated as long as others are not inconvenienced. 2015-11-2
Cambridge, UK Technology Museum yes No restrictions on cameras. Avoid inconvenience to staff and other visitors www 2010-4-1
Cambridge, UK University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology yes No flash, no tripod, no videos. 2010-4-15
Cambridge, UK Whipple Museum of the History of Science yes 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 Still and video allowed, no tripod. Individual special requests considered

www

2010-4-1
Chania Archaeological Museum of Chania yes 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 photography or video recording.www 2010-4-3
Chania Maritime Museum of Crete yes www 2010-04-03
Colmar, France Musée Unterlinden yes 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 only private use, tripod not accepted, standard flash accepted [1] 2009-11-20 Nillerdk
Compiègne Musée de l'Armistice no 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 photography or video recording.www (PDF) 2013-10-12
Frankfurt am Main Städelsches Kunstinstitut regular exhibition: yes 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 photography or video recordingwww

2014-07-05 Mattes
Hamburg Kunsthalle  ? YYYY-MM-DD
Henley-on-Thames, UK River & Rowing Museum no no photography or video recordingwww 2011-05-26
Istanbul Chora Church Museum yes , no flash or tripod 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Dolmabahce Palace yes outside buildings, no inside buildings. 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Hagia Sophia yes , no flash 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Istanbul Archeological Museum yes , no flash and tripod in the rooms with the Sidon Finds including the Alexander sarcophagus. 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Istanbul Military Museum yes , camera usage fee 6 YTL. 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Topkapi Palace yes outside buildings and in the historic rooms, no in the collection rooms (treasury, relics rooms etc.). 2010-07 Sandstein
Istanbul Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum yes , no flash or video.
(Rick Steves' Istanbul, 2009, incorrectly reports that all photography is forbidden.)
2010-07 Sandstein
Karlsruhe Badisches Landesmuseum  ? not indicated on the websitewww 2009-06-06 Mattes
Karlsruhe Staatliche Kunsthalle  ? not indicated on the websitewww 2012-06-24 Mattes
London Bank of England Museum no no photography or video recording.
London British Museum yes 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  ? not indicated on the website www 2009-08-06
London National Gallery no no photography or video recording.
London National Portrait Gallery no no photography or video recording.www 2009-08-03
London Natural History Museum yes 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 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 photography or video recording.www
London St Paul's Cathedral no no photography or video recording.www 2014-03-26
London Science museum in South Kensington  ? 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 and flash photography is permitted. Tripods by ‘prior’ arrangement only.
no Some restrictions do apply though in some galleries and for some exhibits, so check.www
2009-08-03
Los Angeles Getty Center yes but no pods, no flashwww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Madrid Museo del Prado no no photography or video recording. www www 2012-08-08 Mattes
Madrid Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza  ? not indicated on the websitewww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Merseyside Merseyside Maritime Museum yes non-commercial photography only, flash and tripods forbiddenwww 2011-06-13
Milan(o) Pinacoteca ambrosiana no interiorwww 2012-05-03 Mattes
Montpellier Musée Fabre no strictly prohibited and indicated by the staff, both photos and films. ~2008-09 Atlan da Gonozal
Munich Hypo-Kunsthalle no no photography or video recording. 2009-08-23 Mattes
Munich Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München yes but no flashlight 2013-06 Mattes
Munich Alte Pinakothek yes but no tripod, no artificial light 2009-06-06 Mattes
Munich Neue Pinakothek yes but no tripod, no artificial light 2013-03-10
Munich Villa Stuck  ? not indicated on the websitewww 2009-09-12 Mattes
Naples Centro Musei delle Scienze Naturali e Fisiche yes for private purposes 2015-10-15 Ruthven
Naples Museo archeologico nazionale yes for private purposes, no tripod, no flashlight, no selfie-sticks. Photos for professional usa must be authorized firstwww 2016-08-16 Ruthven
New York City Frick Collection no with exception -- Garden Court: yes but no pods, no flash; may not include objects there which are explicitly prohibited by notice; no commercial use, private use only; no videographywww 2015-03-10 Nattes
New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) yes but no flash, no video cameraswww 2013-09-05 Mattes
Nuremberg Albrecht-Dürer-Haus  ? not indicated on the websitewww 2013-09-05 Mattes
Nuremberg Germanisches Nationalmuseum yes but no flash; tripods only with special permission; commercial photography only with special permissionwww (Darf ich im Museum fotografieren?) · no @ special exhibitionswww (Darf ich im Museum fotografieren?) 2013-09-05 Mattes
Paris Musée National du Louvre yes but no flash, no mobile phoneswww 2009-06-08 Mattes
Prague Národní galerie National Galleries yes (unless specified otherwise) but no tripod, no flashwww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Rome Villa Albani  ? YYYY-MM-DD
Rome Museo Barracco di Scultura Antica  ? not indicated on the websitewww 2009-08-06 Mattes
Rome Museo e Galleria Borghese no www (subject for deposit) 2009-07-13 Mattes
Rome Palazzo Altemps yes for private purpose 2009-09 Jastrow
Rome Antiquarium del Palatino yes for private purpose 2009-09 Jastrow
Rome Casa del Burcardo  ? YYYY-MM-DD
Rome Musei Capitolini yes for private purpose 2009-09 Jastrow
Rome Museo Carlo Bilotti  ? YYYY-MM-DD
Rome Museo della civiltà romana Museum of Roman Civilization  ? not indicated on the websitewww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Rome Museo nazionale delle arti e tradizioni popolari National Museum of Folk Arts and Traditions  ? YYYY-MM-DD
Rome Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo  ? not indicated on the website www YYYY-MM-DD
Rome Galleria Villa Doria Pamphilj yes but no flash, no tripods, no selfie sticks, no videos, not for commercial use.www 2016 Mattes
Rome Palazzo Barberini no 2009-07-27 Mattes
Salzburg Dommuseum no 2013-08 Mattes
Salzburg Residenzgalerie Salzburg no 2013-08 Mattes
Seattle Frye Museum no 2009-08-02 Jmabel
Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park yes , though possibly subject to some restrictions; policy has been in some flux 2009-08-02 Jmabel
Seattle Seattle Art Museum no in galleries
yes in lobby and Art Ladder which contain some significant works.
2009-08-02 Jmabel
Seattle Seattle Asian Art Museum no 2009-08-02 Jmabel
Strasbourg Musée des Beaux-Arts  ? not indicated on the website(www) 2012-11-01 Mattes
Strasbourg Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame  ? not indicated on the website(www) 2013-02-03 Mattes
Tallinn Eesti Kunstmuuseum (KUMU)  ? ...
Tokyo Tōkyō Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan Tokyo National Museum  ? ...
Toronto Art Gallery of Ontario yes but no flash, no tripods; photos of works or art prohibited, and allowed only for architecture and public areas ...
Vatican Musei Vaticani Vatican Museums yes but no flash, no videos (non-regular exhibitions with exceptional written permission)
Exception: Sistine Chapel no
2009-07-27 Mattes
Washington, D.C. National Gallery of Art yes but no podswww 2009-06-07 Mattes
Wellington Te Papa no , cameras allowed but not to take photographs of artefacts etc., and no commercial use allowed in any way www 2009-06-07 Mattes


Smithsonian Institution yes but no pods, no sticks, no commercial use unless otherwise posted. Commercial photographs and videos done by media representatives may be permitted and are escorted by museum staffwww

2015-03-10 Mattes


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 small 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 handled more restrictive.
  • Conditions may change after publication, contact the collection shortly prior your visit to verify.
  • See also: de:Wikipedia:Fototipps

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