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Visitor photography

Photography is allowed for personal, non-commercial purposes in the National Gallery. It is the visitor’s responsibility to ensure no copyright is infringed. 

There are a few exceptions to protect paintings, copyright of loans, individual privacy and the overall visitor experience.


  • Photography/filming is permitted in exhibitions for personal non-commercial use, unless otherwise stated on the label by the exhibited work. 
  • Use of additional lighting or flash, tripods, and selfie sticks is not permitted
  • Photography of some loan paintings in the main galleries may be restricted, as indicated by signs beside the paintings
  • Photography of children and young people is prohibited without consent of the accompanying adult. This includes, for example, school groups and/or those attending family events.

Please respect the wishes of all visitors by not obstructing the view of the paintings or taking pictures of anyone without their permission.

The National Gallery recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk. 

For more information read our Visitor Admissions Policy.