In an attempt to improve our visitor’s experience of the Museum & Gardens, we are instituting a new Photography Policy. Below is a list of some of the main changes and important points in the Policy. The complete Photography Policy can be found on our website. Our main goal with this new policy is to enhance the experience of our visitors.
1. Mobile devices (phones and tablets) may now be used to take pictures in Special Exhibitions.
- We know that our visitors enjoy documenting their experiences of our Special Exhibitions. We want to encourage you to share your experience with your family and friends, and have a token of your visit.
- When we have Special Exhibitions, they are generally on loan to us from other museums or individuals. We do not own the rights to the artwork in these exhibits, and therefore cannot allow them to be reproduced. The contracts that we sign with the institutions and individuals who loan us artwork do not allow for photography within the Special Exhibition Galleries. We have been able to work into the contract an allowance for mobile device use, but not camera photography.
- Allowing mobile device use within these spaces also allows us to incorporate more interactive activities for visitors to participate in. You may be able to do a scavenger hunt, submit photos in a Photo Challenge, or access extended information about pieces of artwork in the exhibition.
- Our mission is to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education. We are here to give the community access to artwork, the serene environment of the Gardens, and educational opportunities. It is also our mandate to preserve these items and spaces for future generations.
- Over the past few years, we have had an increasing number of photographers and families use the Museum as a backdrop for their photos. This has lead to a significant impact on our visitors who come to experience the beauty of these spaces.
- Our goal is to still allow professional photography to take place. However, photographers will need to register for a permit with us, adhere to the rules, and make appointments for their photo sessions.
- If an individual or family is interested in having their photograph taken at the Museum, we will be able to offer a list of photographers who currently hold annual permits.
3. Changes of clothing, props, and photo equipment such as flashes, tripods, monopods, camera bags, and lights are still prohibited.
- As mentioned above, the Museum’s purpose is to provide access to artwork and gardens, while safeguarding them and the visitor’s experience of them. Setting these items up in the Gardens and Gallery spaces has a negative impact on our visitors. Similarly, restricting bathroom access due to wardrobe changes is also an inconvenience to our visitors.
- The Cummer Oak is about 200 years old, and we would like it to stay healthy for many more generations of families to enjoy.
- It takes a lot of resources to keep the Gardens looking beautiful. We appreciate your help in preserving this beauty.