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Helen Montoya, San Antonio Express-News, used with permission

Photography on Museum Property

 
The Institute of Texan Cultures is an excellent backdrop for your professional photo shoot. The iconic 11-foot-tall neon Texas flag is a favorite hotspot for museum guests and it can make a bold statement in your professional portrait or team picture.
 
The buildings on the Back 40 Outdoor Learning Area typify the 1800s and capture the spirit of the Texas Frontier. The log house, fort, barn, adobe house and one-room schoolhouse are popular destinations for community organizations, family portraits, engagements and bridal photos.
 
The Institute of Texan Cultures is a working museum, open seven days a week. Because of a photo shoot’s potential to impact the visitor experience, the museum manages non-media professional photography requests as after-hours rentals.
 
 

Professional Photography

 
Any professional photography on museum property that is not a function of ITC marketing or communications must be approved in advance through the Facility Rental Office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
There is a base fee of $50 for the right to take professional photographs on the property. Additional charges will be incurred if there is a need for additional museum support. This includes photography without the intent to publish or sell, such as portfolio building.
 
The museum reserves the right to approve the content of all photo shoots in advance. When applicable, photographers are solely responsible for obtaining appropriate releases from participants.
 
Professional photographers will be asked in advance to sign in and wear a visitor badge. When a professional photo shoot is scheduled, the Facility Rental Office will advise appropriate departments, including ITC Security, in advance.
 
The Institute of Texan Cultures reserves the right to approach any photographer carrying what appears to be professional-grade equipment to determine the nature of the photo shoot and if a rental, media visit or student project has been coordinated.
 
 

Media, Student Media and Bloggers

 
Members of the media are asked to coordinate their visit with the Communications Office prior to or at the start of their visit. When applicable, photographers are solely responsible for obtaining appropriate releases from participants. Note that photography and videography of some exhibits may be restricted due to loan agreements. Please coordinate with the Communications office for more information.
 
The Institute of Texan Cultures extends the same courtesies to student media and bloggers as professional working media.
 
The Institute of Texan Cultures Office of Communications can be reached at: 210-458-2237.
 
 

Student Projects

 
Art and photography students are asked to coordinate their visit with the Communications Office prior to or at the start of their visit. The museum will make every effort to accommodate student requests. Students will be asked to provide a student identification card, the name of the school, class and teacher.
 
Note that photography and videography of some exhibits may be restricted due to loan agreements. Please coordinate with the Communications office for more information. When applicable, photographers are solely responsible for obtaining appropriate releases from participants.
 
The Institute of Texan Cultures Office of Communications can be reached at: 210-458-2237.
 

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