Photography Policy

Bring your cameras! From the grand views to the historic nooks and crannies to smiling faces, there are so many moments to capture at Mill City Museum.

Mill City Museum recognizes the photogenic nature of the building and welcomes photography during public hours with the following restrictions:

  • Photography must be personal in its end use, such as photos for graduations, engagements, weddings, or families. Large or disruptive parties may not be able to be accommodated due to the interruption of our regular business operations - please contact us in advance to inquire about large group photos. 
  • Business or commercial photo shoots require written permission in advance of the shoot date; same-day permission is never available.  
  • Photography may not interfere with the operation of the museum and may not block or restrict visitors from accessing the museum and café spaces. There will be no props, light stands, photographic equipment, changing clothes, or other preparation allowed on site.
  • Behavior and dress must be consistent with a family-friendly museum atmosphere.
  • The building is a recognized landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, and all photography must be consistent with the preservation mission of the Minnesota Historical Society. Sitting in the window wells, moving furniture, disrupting signage, or climbing museum fixtures is not allowed.
  • The museum gallery, offices, and education lobby are off limits without advance permission.
  • Outdoor spaces (such as the courtyard, balcony, and train shed) may be off limits due to snow, ice, or inclement weather.

Mill City Museum’s staff is the ultimate authority on what constitutes a violation of these restrictions and they reserve the right to ask you to alter or end your shoot in cooperation with these guidelines.

If you have valued your use of the space, please consider making a $20 donation to help preserve this National Historic Landmark. You may make a donation in any amount via cash or credit at the Visitor Services Desk or in our donation box at the top of the gallery stairs.

If you have any questions or concerns about photography at Mill City Museum, please contact:
Visitor Services Manager
mcm@mnhs.org
612-341-7131