Photography at Historic New England
To allow for the enjoyment of all visitors to Historic New England’s properties and to help us care for our buildings, collections, and landscapes, we appreciate your compliance with our guidelines for personal and professional photography. Historic New England properties are first and foremost historic sites open for house and garden tours, public programs, and function rentals. Historic New England occasionally contracts with photographers to use the properties as commercial location sites or to film for the promotional purposes of Historic New England.
- Personal/Recreational Photography
- Professional/Commercial Photography
- Media Photography
- Images from Historic New England
- Historic New England Use of Photography
Personal/recreational photography is candid, souvenir-type photography using a non-paid photographer. The photographs are not to be used commercially. Costumes, props, and photo equipment such as tripods and large camera bags are prohibited. Large group photography for personal use requires advance reservations with the site manager or permission from the site manager. Professional portraits of any kind are not considered personal/recreational photography.
Outdoor photography for personal use is permitted during regular museum and grounds operating hours. Visitors are welcome to take personal photographs of the exterior of Historic New England’s properties. Guests are not permitted to walk in plant beds or to handle any plants, plant containers, or outdoor sculpture.
Interior photography for personal use is allowed during guided tours at Historic New England properties. For the safety and comfort of our visitors and the protection of our historic sites, we ask that you be aware of your surroundings and stay with your group. Video and selfie-sticks are not allowed. Historic New England reserves the right to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises.
Professional photography is any session using a paid photographer or any professional-style shoot, including wedding, family, or special event portraits. Professional photography is permitted when approved in advance, requires a signed contract between the photographer and Historic New England along with a certificate of insurance, and is subject to fees. Exceptions may be made to the fee schedule when photography is determined by our organization, in its sole discretion, to promote Historic New England as a cultural institution or events venue.
Outdoor photography for commercial purposes requires advance approval and a contract. Guests and photographers are not permitted to walk in plant beds or handle plants, plant containers, or outdoor sculpture, including the placement of props or equipment. Photography involving nudity is not permitted.
Wedding photography at the properties where Historic New England rents space for functions is permitted exclusively by photographer(s) or videographer(s) hired by the bridal parties renting the property as their special event venue.
All commercial photo shoots must be scheduled through the media relations office in advance. Download a sample copy of our contract. All requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must include your name, use, publisher, and date of publication.
Photography by the news media should be scheduled through Historic New England’s media relations office at News@HistoricNewEngland.org.
Images from HistoricNewEngland.org may be used for school or academic reference free-of-charge for non-publication purposes in a school setting. Credit should be given to Historic New England and photos used from HistoricNewEngland.org should link back to the source. Historic New England cannot give permission for images it does not own that are credited on its website. It is the responsibility of the user to contact the image owner for permission and to make sure they are in compliance with copyright laws.
Historic New England has a library of digital images available for non-commercial publication and promotional opportunities. All requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must include your name, use of the image, publisher, date of publication, requested image, and photography format requirements.
Historic New England may photograph or videotape its events and public programs. Unless you notify the photographer on site otherwise, your attendance at an event or program grants Historic New England permission to display and/or publish any photographs in which you appear. These photographs may be used in any and all of Historic New England’s publications and in any and all other media without limitation and are not subject to compensation. These materials are the property of Historic New England.
All requests for photography or filming on site are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must include your name, use, publisher, and date of publication. Historic New England reserves the right to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph at its sites or to reproduce photographs in its collections. Staff has the authority to approach anyone to enforce these rules. Failure to comply may result in removal from the premises. Please follow any verbal instructions.