Backpacks or large bags (lockers are available in the Welcome Center and D’Amour Art Museum lobby).
Weapons, including firearms, explosives, knives of any length, or other objects that in the opinion of staff might be dangerous or cause harm; or toy guns (also including toy blasters, water guns, etc.).
Smoking in any building or on Museums’ grounds.
Pets or emotional support animals.
Tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks.
Masks worn by guests 13 years of age or older unless they are for medical purposes.
General Photographic Guidelines
Only hand-held cameras with standard electronic flash may be used in any of our buildings. Tripods, photo lamps and flashbulb attachments are not permitted.
Motion picture and video cameras may not be used, except in the Springfield Science Museum.
Only objects owned by the Springfield Museums may be photographed. Objects on loan to the Museums may not be photographed. Special exhibitions may be restricted.
Items on display may not be touched or moved. Do not place personal items on objects or on exhibition stands.
Photographs taken are for personal use only.
Portrait photography is permitted outside, on the paths and beside the gardens of the Springfield Museums. Please alert us of your plans for photography: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Museums do not allow indoor portrait/professional photography. See professional photography guidelines below.
Permission to reproduce, duplicate, broadcast, sell or use any photograph of Springfield Museums’ property, except for authorized press photography, must be obtained from the photographic rights and reproduction department at email@example.com or 413-314-6467.
Any exception to the photographic guidelines must be approved in writing by the Vice President or President of the Springfield Museums.
Authorization for professional or commercial photography and videotaping must be obtained in advance, and in writing, from the Marketing and Public Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-314-6459.
In the absence of the Public Relations staff (e.g. on weekends), press photographers and camera crews will be admitted into public spaces after showing valid press credentials to the Security guard on duty and leaving a business card for follow-up by the Marketing and Public Relations Department.
Professional Photographic Guidelines
Portrait photography is permitted outside, on the paths and beside the gardens of the Springfield Museums. Please alert us of your plans for photography, email@example.com.
The Museums do not allow indoor portrait/professional photography.
Selfie sticks, tripods and flash photography are not permitted in the Museums.
Portrait photography is defined as any one of the following situations, or any combination thereof:
Anyone having a portrait taken at the Springfield Museums, including those celebrating an engagement, marriage, birthday, communion, pregnancy, graduation or another special occasion.
A photo session where a photographer (amateur, student or professional) has a subject(s) posing for a portrait with the Museums or items in the collections as the backdrop. This does not include selfies or candid photography by visitors in areas where photography is permitted. Please check first with guards.
Any visit to the Museums involving photography, where the main purpose is portrait photography, rather than a recreational visit to the Museum.
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