We are very happy for our visitors to take non-flash photographs while they are enjoying the interiors of interpreted buildings as well as the historic district streetscape. To protect the quality experience for our ticketed guests, and private residents, Old Salem Museum and Gardens staff, may need to restrict the time, manner, and location of photography on Museum property at any time without advance notice.

Are you a professional photographer?

Follow these steps:

  1. Please download, read, and sign our Photography Policy (updated February 2022).
  2. Pay for your 90-minute photography session through “PAY FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION NOW” button.
  3. Bring proof of payment and a signed copy of the photography policy (print or digital) to your session.
  4. Staff monitor the historic district and grounds. Please be prepared to show documents upon request.
  5. PLEASE NOTE: Areas are not closed to previously scheduled groups or to the general public during photography sessions.

Do you have an active photography permit with us?

We are phasing out our annual photography permit process. If you have an active photography permit, you may have photography sessions without making additional payment within the valid time period of your permit. Be prepared to show your permit upon request.

Pay for your photography session:

For additional information, please contact Terry Taylor, Chief Operating Officer.  All photographers must read and comply with the following detailed rules and bring a copy of the photography policy with them (digital or print) on location. Violation of the rules may result in fines from the City of Winston-Salem and/or misdemeanor arrest.

Private Large group photography (family portraits, proms, weddings, holiday, etc.) by non-ticketed visitors for personal use is strongly discouraged during regular museum operating hours.

Film and Video Production location scouts and producers must contact Terry Taylor, Chief Operating Officer

Media-related Photography  is allowed with prior notification and approval from Terry Taylor, Chief Operating Officer.

Drones are not allowed on any Old Salem Museums & Gardens property (as per FAA laws)