Welcome to Carnegie Museum of Art! We want to make sure all our visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience while also protecting the art. Please take a moment to review our visitor conduct policy for more information. Below are some guidelines to help you have a great visit. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe environment!
During Your Visit
We want to make sure you have a wonderful visit while keeping the art and objects safe! Here are some friendly reminders:
- Please avoid touching or leaning on objects or display cases, unless indicated otherwise. Remember to stay at least two feet away from all objects.
- We kindly ask that you do not bring food or drinks into the galleries.
- Our security officers may inspect bags, boxes, or packages upon entry and exit to ensure everyone’s safety.
- For the safety of everyone, we do not allow weapons, firearms, or hazardous materials on museum property.
- To protect our artworks and specimens, please check in umbrellas, briefcases, backpacks, and bags larger than 14x17x8 inches in our lockers.
- Please do not carry anything on your back, including backpacks, drawstring bags, and purses.
- If you have little ones with you, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. We kindly ask that children under 12 do not push strollers or wheelchairs.
- For the safety of our visitors and the art, children may not be carried on shoulders or held over objects and displays.
- Have a great time exploring the museum, but please walk instead of run, and avoid pushing or shoving.
- Lastly, please remember that smoking, including vapor devices, is not allowed inside the museum or within five feet of the entrance due to city ordinances. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe and enjoyable environment!
If you have any oversized items, feel free to check them in at our admission desks! Please keep in mind that we are not responsible for the security of these items. Also, please note that all items are subject to inspection and the museum reserves the right to decide what should be checked.
Visitor Photography, Videotaping, and Drawing in the Galleries
We encourage visitors to capture and share still photography for personal, noncommercial use. To protect the objects being photographed and for the safety of visitors, there are certain guidelines that must be followed:
- Only handheld cameras are allowed.
- Handheld video cameras are permitted in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History only.
- No auxiliary flash, lighting equipment, tripods, large camera bags, or selfie sticks are permitted.
- Nothing is permitted to be carried on one’s back including back packs, drawstring bags, and purses.
- No flash use permitted on any artwork.
Please be aware that some special exhibitions, galleries, and individual artworks may have restrictions on photography due to loan and copyright requirements. Refer to the floor plan for galleries and exhibitions in which photography is not permitted; individual artworks with photography restrictions are marked by a symbol on the label.
- Please be respectful. Do not disturb other visitors while taking photographs.
- Visitors must maintain a safe distance (at least two feet) from artworks when taking photos or selfies.
- Do not touch the artwork.
- We encourage artists to take inspiration from the works on view in our galleries and spaces. Only pencils and paper are permitted in the galleries; please do not bring pens, paints, or inks.
Copyright, Permissions, and Image Rights:
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are not responsible for any uses of visitor photography that infringe upon third-party copyrights or other rights.
- Visitors to the Museum may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. By attending, visitors grant the Museum permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which they appear for archival, documentary, publicity, advertising, or other purposes.
- For information on requesting image rights and digital files for publication and other commercial uses, or to order your own prints of works in Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection, visit Rights and Reproductions.
Professional Photographer and Videographer Policies
We require professional photographers and videographers to contact us about using our spaces for their business needs. Please refer to the below information if you are a professional photographer or videographer interested in learning more about shooting on location:
- Please reach out to our Special Events team to request a Location Agreement Form.
- You must submit this form for review and approval at least 21 days in advance of the intended date of the shoot, as permission is required for all professional photography and video shoots.
- Please note that there is a fee for all shoots taken before or after museum hours; this fee is determined by the amount of space and time required for the shoot.