Photography

COVID-19 Policies

  • Due to COVID-19, our photography policy has been updated to ensure the safety of the staff and the patrons of the museum. The policies below are subject to change without notice.
  • Photography can be taken at the museum on days where the staff is on-site (Monday - Friday) before operating hours as long as there is also a staff member in place to monitor them.
  • Guests can schedule to come to the museum as early as 9:00 AM until 11 AM. To schedule a 30 minute time slot, email barryartmuseum@odu.edu or call 757-683-5111.
  • Vaccinated guests who have had at least 2 weeks since their second dosage are okay to take photographs on-site as long as they limit their subjects time with the mask off to just the pose then the mask must go back on until the next pose. Limiting no mask time to no more than 5 min.
  • Proof of vaccination is encouraged but not required.
  • Those who haven't had their second dose or are not vaccinated are not allowed to remove their mask during museum hours of operation. Anyone who falls under this category is welcome to take photographs of the museum grounds rather than its interior.

Photography at the Barry Art Museum

  • Flash photography, tripod, and selfie sticks are not permitted.
  • Visitors are welcome to take casual photographs via mobile phone or small digital cameras for personal use only. Personal photographs and videos are not to be used for commercial purposes.
  • Portrait photography of any kind is considered professional photography, even if income is not obtained. Portrait/Professional and Commercial photography on Museum premises is by appointment only and requires written permission.
  • The Barry Art Museum reserves all rights for photographic reproduction of Museum Property. That means, the right to approve final content for anything in which the Barry Art Museum or its artwork will appear. This includes photography, video, and any social media for any advertising, promotion of events, or any commercial use. Fees and policies are subject to change without notice.

Rules for Photography at the Barry Art Museum

  • All photography sessions will be scheduled during normal operating hours Tuesday - Friday unless written permission has been granted by Museum Administration.
  • Please email your request to barryartmuseum@odu.edu. Two (2) weeks notice is required for all requests. Signed approval and fees paid must be received before the photo shoot is booked.
  • Flow of visitors must not be blocked at any time, especially on the grand staircase.
  • Artwork on display is protected by artists' copyright and may not be photographed for the purposes of reproduction or copying, unless by a professional journalist covering a Museum exhibit/event for press.
  • Touching, moving, or standing too close to the artwork is prohibited. The individual and photographer must be an arms length away from the art.
  • Climbing, sitting, leaning, standing, or walking on artwork, walls, fences, structures, or outdoor furniture is strictly forbidden.
  • Visitors are asked not to climb or hang from trees or architectural features both inside and outside the building. Plants and planted containers may not be moved, rearranged, or handled in any way. Blooms may not be picked.
  • Drones are not permitted on Museum grounds.
  • Please note, some special exhibitions and works on loan may not allow photography.
  • If any individual does not comply with the above conditions, the Barry Art Museum reserves the right to deny permission to photograph and may request that the individual leave the premises.
Photo by Josh Boone

Professional photography

Professional photography is any photography for which income is gained; this includes but is not limited to portraiture, wedding, lifestyle, and event photography. Professional photography is by appointment only and requests should be directed to the Administrative Offices at 757.683.5111. The photography fee is an Individual Membership by the one (1) individual commissioning the photography; a Family Membership is required for two (2) or more individuals being photographed. It is not permitted for a professional photographer to purchase a membership to use with multiple clients.  Membership levels are available on the Museum website. Fees are subject to change due to the nature of the request. Please email barryartmuseum@odu.edu for more information.

Check-in with Security at the Reception Desk upon entering the Museum is required before capturing any images.

Professional photography of Women at The Barry Art Museum

Journalist/Commercial Photography

Journalist/Commercial photography is any photography for publication or promotional use. Requests for photography are by appointment only, contact the Administrative Offices at 757.683.5111. Staff will coordinate dates and times, issue reproduction forms, including appropriate photo credits for all video production and print publications.

Check-in with Security at the Reception Desk upon entering the Museum is required before capturing any images.

Recreational Photography

Recreational photography is photography conducted by an amateur or professional for personal use only. All recreational photography is free of charge; however, a courtesy call is requested especially if a group or a class plan to visit. All visitors bringing a camera into the Museum are required to check-in at the Reception Desk before capturing any images. Flash photography, tripod, and selfie sticks are not permitted. Please be respectful of other visitors when photographing in the Museum.

The Barry Art Museum reserves the right to deny permission to photograph. Direct any questions to barryartmuseum@odu.edu or 757-683-5111.