Photography at Meijer Gardens

Photography at Meijer Gardens

Our grounds and facilities are popular locations for photography.

Because we want each guest experience to be memorable, photography (which encompasses film and digital, still or motion imagery) may be taken in public areas for personal use only. Photography for social events or commercial use requires special permission, application and location fees. The purpose of this policy is to enhance the guest experience, offer limited access for commercial photographers, and protect the copyright laws and intellectual property rights of our artists and designers.

Photo Guidelines

  • Guests may take photos of public areas during normal business hours for personal use according to the photography policy
  • Drone photography is not allowed without prior approval and is not permitted during open hours. Please contact Public Relations Manager John VanderHaagen (or call 616-975-3155) to schedule drone photography.
  • Portraiture photography (posed photos i.e. senior pictures, engagement / bridal / wedding, family portraits, etc...) is not permitted without prior approval. Please contact Facility Rental (or call 616-975-3146) to schedule a photo shoot—fees apply and our Photography Agreement must be signed.
  • Guests may share or repost images through social media, email or personal web pages.
  • All photography must be conducted without disruption to Meijer Gardens' operations or limiting accessibility of exhibitions, stairwells, entrances/exits and high traffic areas. Photographers are asked to comply with our rules of etiquette.
  • Non-flash photography is now allowed in the galleries and temporary exhibitions. Due to the sensitivity of drawings, photographs and prints, and out of respect of artists' copyright laws, photography may not be allowed in some temporary exhibitions. If or when photography is prohibited, there will be ample signage in the galleries stating this policy change. We reserve the right to monitor and restrict equipment use during special exhibitions (such as Butterflies Are Blooming, ArtPrize and Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around The World exhibitions, among others). Please note, tripods are not allowed during ArtPrize, Butterflies Are Blooming and Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around The World and certain sculpture exhibitions in the gallery spaces. Monopods may be used, but please be courteous to other guests.
  • We reserve the right to refuse permission or terminate a shoot at any time if it is not in the best interest of guests, donors, artists represented in our collection, or if it conflicts with Meijer Gardens’ mission.
  • You may not make any images of our facilities, grounds, or permanent collections available for any commercial purpose (including stock photography sites) without a signed agreement and, if applicable, written permission from the artist’s estate or foundation. Fees are determined on a case by case basis. 
  • You may not state or imply any endorsement of or by Meijer Gardens for any purpose—personal or otherwise—without written permission from Meijer Gardens.
  • All media professionals must contact John VanderHaagen in Public Relations to arrange photo shoots (or call 616-975-3155).
  • Professional photography, including commercial and social events, is permitted by appointment only. Please contact John VanderHaagen in Public Relations (or call 616-975-3155) to schedule a photo shoot—fees apply and our Photography Agreement must be signed.

Download Photo Permission Request Form.