Photography Policy


Updated March 2018

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. In order 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.


Professional/Commercial photography (family portraits, engagement sessions, proms, weddings, holiday, etc.)  is not allowed without explicit approval and a permit from the Museum.  Click here for the application.  The application and payment can be brought to the Old Salem Visitor Center during normal operating hours.  For additional information please contact Tabatha Renegar at 336-721-7352 or for more information.

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 can contact Tabatha Renegar at 336-721-7352 or for more information.

Media-related Photography  is allowed with prior notification and approval from Capture Public Relations & Marketing at 336-722-9660

Drones are not allowed on any Old Salem Museums & Gardens property.


All photographers must read and comply with the following detailed rules.

Violation of the rules may result in fines from the City of Winston-Salem and/or misdemeanor arrest:

Download the Old Salem Photo Policy (PDF)