Photography and Filming Policy
Visitors are welcome to use their cameras to take photographs around the museum for personal use, including social media. Care should be taken not to contravene the privacy of other visitors, and in particular, no pictures of children should be taken without parental consent. Visitors may not use flash, a tripod, monopod, supplementary lighting or drone cameras.
Photography and video are not allowed in some special exhibitions, selected galleries, or of items on loan to National Museums NI. Where photography and video are not permitted, explanatory signage is used to inform visitors.
Commercial photography and filming
No unauthorised filming or commercial photography is permitted in the museum, for reasons of data protection, copyright and potential health and safety. Please contact email@example.com with filming and commercial photography requests.
Visitors may gain permission to photograph our stored collections for research, non-commercial and non-publication purposes, or for private study. Please contact the curatorial department at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain permission and arrange an appointment.
Our Picture Library facilitates all requests for high-resolution, publication-standard images of National Museums NI's collections. For more information, please visit the Picture Library or e-mail email@example.com
Food & Drink
- For the protection of the exhibits, food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries or exhibit buildings.
- Babies’ bottles are allowed but they must be held by the parents. If you’ve brought a picnic please use the outdoor and indoor picnic tables that are provided around the site.
- The Ulster American Folk Park is part of the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme and breastfeeding is allowed anywhere in the museum.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.
As we have a number of domestic birds and animals on the museum grounds, including hens, geese, ducks, a horse and donkey, we currently only admit assistance dogs on our site in order to minimise stress on these birds and animals.
Assistance dogs are those that are trained and required to provide a service to their owner/user, including:
- Guide dogs who assist visitors who are blind or visually impaired.
- Hearing dogs, or signal dogs who help visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Service dogs who are not specifically trained for visual or hearing impairment, but are trained to do other work, such as provide mobility assistance to certain visitors.
Water bowls for assistance dogs are available from our Visitor Centre.