Photography Guidelines

Thank you for choosing the Birmingham Museum of Art to take photos! Please read the guidelines below to ensure artworks are safe and you have a pleasant experience.

Any photography or videography without additional equipment or props is welcome at the Museum. This includes but is not limited to: engagement photography, couple photo shoots, family photoshoots, headshots, and prom photography.

Group Photography:

  • The maximum number of participants for group photography in the galleries, including the photographer and any assistants, may not exceed eight (8) visitors.
  • Groups with more than eight participants are welcome to use our sculpture garden, outside, and lobby areas.
  • Please be careful not to block stairways, entrances, or other walkways so as not to pose a hazard to other visitors.
  • Please do not move or go beyond any barriers.

Safety First:

  • Please be sure to turn off your flash inside the Museum. Flash photography may be used in the Sculpture Garden and outside of the Museum.
  • Stand at least an arm’s length distance away from works of art.
  • Please do not touch works of art (including furniture) or step on platforms in the galleries under any circumstances.
  • Please be mindful of your delicate surroundings and careful not to back into works of art.
  • Please refrain from using furniture or photo props that are set up for a special event at the Museum.

Photography requiring permission:

  • Bridal or Wedding Photography – only available for couples who have a booked wedding at the Museum.
  • Photography or videography with props, photography or videography of products, or shoots requiring a change of wardrobe – prior permission needed from Communications
  • Any videography or photography with equipment other than a camera (tripods, selfie sticks, lights, reflectors, etc) – prior permission needed from Communications


Contact communications: [email protected] – 72 hours is required for permission.


Thank you for working with us to keep visitors and artworks safe!