Public Photography Policy

Photo of a woman using her phone to take a photo of stained glass in the National Gallery of Ireland.
Image © National Gallery of Ireland. Photographer: Jack Caffrey, The Pimlico Project, 2018.Credit

We allow visitors to take still and video photographs for personal, non-commercial use in the public galleries except in special exhibition areas or where specifically prohibited. The policy is displayed on public signage in the Gallery.

Personal, non-commercial use:

  • The use of flash, tripods, monopods or supplementary video lighting is not permitted in the exhibition areas
  • The use of selfie sticks is prohibited
  • Photography of general architectural features of the interior and exterior of the building is allowed
  • Photography of works in copyright, on loan, or in temporary exhibitions is not allowed where the no photography symbol is clearly marked on display labels
  • Members of the public who are seriously undermining the enjoyment of others through use of cameras, or any form of mobile device, will be asked to cease photography by security staff
  • Should members of the public upload images shot in the National Gallery of Ireland to online media sites, the Gallery is free to use these images on its own websites should it desire to do so
No photography allowed symbol
This is the symbol that is displayed on labels beside artworks that may not be photographed or filmed

Works in copyright

  • Enquiries and requests pertaining to reproduction of National Gallery of Ireland works and/or those in copyright should be made to Images & Licensing
  • You can purchase high-quality digital images of the collection through National Gallery of Ireland Images
  • High-quality reproductions of works from the collection in the form of postcards, cards and prints are on sale in the Gallery Shop

Commercial purposes, by media, or by students

Wedding photography

  • If you have booked a wedding or other event in one of our spaces available for private hire, photography and filming may take place within that space
  • Please note that, due to the volume of requests received, and in order to ensure minimum disruption to members of the public, the Gallery unfortunately cannot facilitate requests for wedding photography or similar events on its premises

From time to time, filming or photography is carried out in public areas of the Gallery, and footage captured may be used in the promotion of the National Gallery of Ireland. Should you wish to be excluded, please avoid any areas where camera crews/photographers are working.

Further information