Visitors are welcome to take photographs of their visit to the Village, but a Photography pass and appointment are required for the use of additional professional equipment like tripods, lighting, etc. 

We ask all photographers to please help us to maintain the integrity of the Village by honoring these policies. They are intended to ensure that the museum can fulfill its goal of making the visitor experience pleasurable.

Two farmers pack a cart with hay while another person filmsGeneral Photography Policies for All

Photography of Visitors

Visitors may be filmed, videotaped, and/or photographed by an employee or photographer contracted by Old Sturbridge Village. Admission serves as permission for the use of images of visitors by Old Sturbridge Village and its constituents. Old Sturbridge Village is a public place and as such photos of our guests are permitted as they would be in any public space, such as a park, trail, or roadway. However, visitors may ask – either the photographer or an Old Sturbridge Village staff member – not to be photographed. Please contact us if you would like your picture removed from one of our online platforms.

Social Media

Visitors are encouraged to share their photos of the Museum on social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram. Join our online community by checking your images at Old Sturbridge Village den or by using the hashtag #oldsturbridgevillage. You are welcome to share images you are particularly proud of with the Communications Department for consideration to be shared by OSV with credit on our social media platforms.

Journalist Photography

Old Sturbridge Village welcomes the opportunity to have the word spread about the Museum throughout many media platforms. Photojournalists, bloggers, television crews, and freelancers must coordinate their visit with the Communications Department.

Portrait Photography

Portrait photography includes all wedding, engagement, quinceañera, family, maternity, portfolio, prom, graduation, and any other posed portraiture.

Learn More About Portrait Photography Passes

Old Sturbridge Village is pleased you’re considering its grounds for photo shoots! Portrait photography is defined as all engagement, graduation, quinceañera, family, maternity, portfolio, prom, wedding, and any other posed portraiture. Photographers may wish to take advantage of Old Sturbridge Village Photography Pass program, which provides access to the grounds for portrait photography shoots and includes additional amenities offered only to Photography Pass holders.

Portrait photography passes cost $600 and are good for one full year from the purchase date. To order your photography pass, please call 508-347-0210. 

Pass perks:

Admission: On the day of your appointment, free standard daytime admission will be granted for all photographers, subjects, and guests associated with the shoot. No additional guests or attendees will be permitted.

The Photography Pass does not include standard daytime admission on nonappointment dates, sessions on black-out days, or days the Village is closed to the public. Upon arrival, all portrait photographers must check in at the Visitor Center to receive a photography pass, which must be displayed prominently on the photographer’s person throughout the shoot.

Referrals: On occasion, potential clients ask for photographer referrals. Please let us know if you would like to be put on our referral list and your name and contact information will be communicated to potential clients. Only Photography Pass holders will be placed on the referral list.

Additional Information:

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Photography Clubs and Fee-Based Classes

Photography clubs, classes, and groups that wish to use Old Sturbridge Village as the backdrop for their session must submit their request for approval. For more information on group photography sessions rates, please view our guidelines below.

View Group Photography Guidelines

Old Sturbridge Village is pleased you’re considering its grounds for your photography group’s visit! We ask all photographers to please help us to maintain the integrity of the Museum by honoring these policies. They are intended to ensure that Old Sturbridge Village can fulfill its goal to make the visitor’s experience pleasurable.

Appointments: All visiting photography groups must be approved, scheduled, and paid for at least two weeks in advance. To request an appointment, please contact the Visitor Center.

If the Museum is available, payment in full will confirm your reservation to conduct a group photo shoot. Black-out dates apply during major special event weekends and special programming.

Admission: On the day of your class, admission will be granted to the number of people that are paid for in your party. Upon arrival, instructors should check in at the Visitor Center ticket office. Instructors and class members will be issued lanyards that indicate you are with a class (and are allowed the equipment that a standard guest is not.)

Submit a request for a Club or Class visit to the Village

Cancellations: If a photo shoot is canceled due to inclement weather, an alternate date can be arranged.

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Commercial Photography and Videography

Commercial photography includes fashion shoots, styled shoots, advertising, films, and promotion.

All commercial photography/videography appointments must be approved, scheduled, and paid for at least two weeks in advance.

To request usage of the Village’s grounds for your project and to learn more about pricing, please fill out and submit this form. A member of our team will respond to your request soon.

Drone Policy

The use of drones or remote-controlled aerial vehicles launched, operated, or retrieved on Old Sturbridge Village property is not permitted.

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