Photography Policy

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Photography at the Museum should be conducted without disruption to Museum operations or visitors.

General Photography

Personal photography is permitted in the permanent collection galleries.  This includes cellphones, handheld cameras and video cameras that are set to take non-flash photos.  Flash photography is prohibited without special permission.  Photography in galleries with special exhibitions is prohibited.

Photo Shoots

Members of the media may photograph or film within approved areas of the Museum for the purpose of news coverage. All organized photo shoots inside the Museum—for news coverage, school projects, tourism programs—require an escort by a member of the Communications staff. Call to schedule your visit to ensure a staff member is available. Unscheduled photo shoots that cannot be staffed will be declined.  Commercial photographers not commissioned by TMA may not conduct photo or video shoots in the Museum without prior permission from the Communications Office.  A fee will be charged for use of facilities and staff time.

Tripods and large photo bags must be inspected and approved by Security staff at the entrance. A temporary tripod pass will be issued for the duration of your visit. Tripods should be carried vertically throughout the Museum to minimize risk to the artwork and visitors.

Outdoor photo shoots on the Museum grounds can take place at any time and do not require an escort. Wedding and engagement photography is permitted on the Museum grounds.

Rights and Reproductions

Photography is permitted for private use only. Photographs may not be published, sold, or otherwise distributed for commercial purposes. Visitors may post images from their visits on personal social media sites, so long as they are not used for profit.  Images of objects in the collection are available for commercial and publishing uses through the Rights and Reproductions Office.

The Museum may photograph or videotape visitors for educational and promotional purposes. Attendance on Museum property is implied consent for the use of visitors’ likenesses for marketing purposes.

The Toledo Museum of Art reserves the right to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph on the premises. TMA staff has the authority to approach and verify the intent of photography, and to enforce this Photography Policy.

Questions, call 419-255-8000 and extension:

  • General photography and photo shoots: 7408, 7371, 7263
  • Media coverage: 7301
  • Rights and Reproductions: 7231

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