Personal photography and videography are permitted at the Villa Terrace Art Museum. A general photography permit is required for all wedding, engagement, family and school pictures or any other posed photography session that used the museum as a backdrop and/or requires special attire.

Personal photography permits are $100/hr (10 people or less) and must be obtained in advance of your visit via this form.

Permits MUST be requested 10 BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE of your suggested photography date. We recommend requesting a permit 30 days in advance. Permits requested with less notice may not be processed.

Photography fees MUST be paid in advance. You will be invoiced. Failure to pay before your session date will result in cancellation and potential immediate rejection of future bookings.

We do not allow impromptu or day-of photography appointments. You will be turned away without a permit and appointment.

A permit and certificate of insurance are required for all commercial and advertising photography. Commercial photography permits start at $200/hr. and can be obtained via the same form found here.

With the Renaissance Garden, historic Italian Renaissance-style architecture, and lakefront terrace, dramatic settings are limitless at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. Photographers and videographers are not provided by the museum for events.

Small Group (Less than 10 People)
Starting at $100/hr

Large Group Photography
Starting at $150/hr

Stand-Alone Wedding Photography
Starting at $150/hr
Two-hour minimum. (Photography rates are waived for those hosting their wedding at the museum).

Commercial Photography / Filming ("Styled Shoots")
Starting at $200/hr
Two-hour minimum.

Please note: the Google Form linked above is the ONLY way to request a photo permit for the Villa Terrace. Permits can no longer be requested via email or phone. If there is an issue with the link or you have questions about the permit please contact our Events Services Manager Lauren Grove at


For more information on renting Villa Terrace or to make an appointment to view the museum, please contact the Rentals Manager, Megan Maikowski