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Do you allow photography in the Gallery?

Photography and filming in the main galleries is allowed for personal, non-commercial purposes only. It is the visitor’s responsibility to ensure no copyright or data protection is infringed. All other uses require prior permission from the Rights & Images department. Press image and filming enquiries should be made to the Press Office.

  • Tripods, monopods and flash lighting are prohibited at all times.
  • Photography and filming is not permitted in some temporary exhibitions or displays with loans – please see exhibition signage for details.
  • Please do not take photographs of or film staff or other visitors without prior permission.
  • Please show consideration for the privacy and experience of other visitors when taking photographs or filming.

Exceptions to this policy may be in place due to copyright restrictions or for reasons of security, conservation or in the interests of the overall visitor experience.

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