Photography & Film Permission

Thank you for your interest in the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Milwaukee Art Museum reviews all filming/photography requests on a case-by-case basis. A review of requests for the Museum to be featured in advertising commercials depends on the nature of the product and context. A request for the Museum to be featured in films depends on the nature of the film.

Personal Photo Shoot

(wedding, engagement, senior, family, pregnancy, etc) taken inside the Calatrava is $500 for 1/2 hour session (or $1,000 for 2 hour session),Michelle McCue, Director of Sales & Events, would block time frame on our Museum calendar, inform Security & Admissions to allow client(s) and photographer best photo opportunity throughout the Calatrava building plus a client signed agreement stating these are for personal use only would be required. If the photos are taken outside in front of the building or on the South Terrace, no fee, no signing of agreement, as long as it does not interfere with any outdoor hosted museum event taking place or any museum visitors gaining access to any entrances. Exterior photo sessions are not permitted during a Milwaukee Art Museum booked wedding is underway, generally after 4pm. (they've paid for exclusivity)

Corporate Photo/Video Shoot

(product sale, business head shots, commercial, etc) consists of a photo licensing fee (covers the Calatrava exterior or interior image distribution) and occasionally a room rental fee. All is determined on a case by case basis. Person inquiring should respond to questions on our website, rentals, photo/film permission, click here so Director of Sales & Events along with the Director of Marketing can determine the quote. All logistics are arranged by ​Director of Sales & Events and communicated to Security, Facilities, Visitor Services, etc.

Permission Guidelines

All requests must be submitted in writing 10 business days in advance of requested date.

Requests must include:

  1. Purpose of project
  2. Where, how and by whom photography/film/videotape will be published, distributed or aired
  3. The proposed location within the Milwaukee Art Museum‘s buildings/grounds
  4. Details of the shoot:
    • a. Number of crewmembers, actors, models
    • b. List of equipment to be used (tripods, tracks, dolly, etc.)
    • c. Type of lights
    • d. Need for electrical outlet plugs
    • e. How long filming/photography will take place (number of days or hours)
    • f. Special vehicles (note unauthorized parking is not allowed in any areas)
  5. Projected date of filming. We must receive request at least 10 business days in advance to make necessary arrangements including scheduling security guards to accompany crews in Museum

Submit your request to .

If you have additional questions about the Museum’s policy, please contact 414-224-3830 or .