Museum & Gardens

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-9pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 9am-5pm


Unless otherwise indicated, general admission visitors may take personal-use snapshots while touring the Museum and Gardens, provided that flash and photography equipment (tripods, monopods, selfie sticks) are not used. Photographers wishing to conduct posed photography sessions are required to become Photography Members or pay a one-time user fee. FAQs, Visitor Photography Guidelines, and Photography Membership details can be found below. Questions? Contact us at 918-748-5303 for more information.

Photography FAQ


Can I take photos at Philbrook?


All museum visitors are welcome to take non-flash, personal use photography of the Museum, Collection (unless otherwise posted), and Gardens during their visit using handheld still or video cameras, under the Visitor Photography Guidelines.

Posed photography shoots, both personal and professional, are only permitted in the Gardens with the purchase of an Open-Hour Permit, After-Hours session, or Photography Membership. If you wish to conduct a posed photography session (portrait, group, prom, etc.), please contact us at 918-748-5303 or


What is considered a Photography Shoot/Session?


Shoots that are works for hire, involve client photography, involve the exchange of money for service rendered, and/or involve posing individual or groups require a permit. The use of a tripod, monopod, lights, umbrellas, diffusers, detachable flash, multiple lenses, large bags, reflectors, props, etc. constitute professional equipment and are not permitted during regular operating hours.


I am an amateur photographer, do I have to pay a fee?


Amateur photographers conducting a posed photography session must purchase either an Open-Hour Photography Permit (starting at $50/hour) or pay an After-Hour Photography Session fee (starting at $250). Please review the guidelines below or contact us at 918-748-5303 for more information.


How do I book a session?


It is suggested that photography sessions are booked with 7-10 business days advance notice. All Sessions are non-exclusive and subject to availability. To check availability or to book your session, contact us at 918-748-5303 or

Permits and Session fees are non-refundable. In the case of inclement weather or other conflicts, we are happy to assist you with rescheduling your session.


Does Philbrook have photographers to choose from or should I come with my own?


Booking a photography session at Philbrook does not include a photographer.

Philbrook has a wonderful selection of professional Photography Members who pay an annual fee to utilize our Gardens for photography sessions all year long. If you would like to hire a Philbrook Photography Member to take your photos, please contact them directly using the information listed below.

Guests are also welcome to use their own photographer. Contact us at 918-748-5303 for more information and to book your photography session today!


What can I bring with me for my Photography Session?


Open-Hour Permit: One (1) tripod or monopod, one (1) reflecting screen, and one (1) camera with bag. Props and changes of clothing are not permitted. Open Hour Guidelines can be found below.

After-Hour Session: Tripods/monopods, reflecting screens, lighting equipment, etc. All equipment and props must be disclosed and approved during the booking process.

For questions or to book a session, contact us at 918-748-5303 or

Philbrook Photography Membership

Philbrook Photography Memberships provide the perfect way to utilize the Gardens all year around. To inquire about Photography Memberships or become a Photography Member, please contact us at 918-748-5303 or If you are interested in hiring a Philbrook Photography Member to take your photos, please contact them directly using the information below.

Current Members:

Amanda Hitchen Photography
(503) 891-2566

Andrea Murphy Photography
(918) 488-6180

Bold Studio Tulsa

Chloe Reed Photography
(918) 764-5913

Ervin Photography
(918) 492-6767

Kristin Weber Photography

Photographic Designs by Rachel
(918) 528-6565

Sierra Ellis Photography
(918) 429-6420


Photography Membership Info

Visitor Photography Guidelines

Visitor Photography

Philbrook encourages visitors to take personal-use snapshots during their museum visit using handheld still or video cameras. Please be mindful of the guidelines.

  • No flash photography, please.
  • Visitors may photograph artworks and objects, unless otherwise posted.
  • Images are for personal use only and must not be reproduced for commercial purposes.
  • Photography must not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests.
  • Posed sessions are permitted during open hours with the purchase of an Open-Hours Photography Permit. Details below. Indoor photo sessions are not permitted during regular operating hours.
  • Dressing rooms are not available, and restrooms may not be used for changes of clothes.
  • Props are not allowed, including but not limited to: flowers, balloons, signage costume masks and pets.

Student Photography

Philbrook will consider all student photography and filming projects. Visitor Photography Guidelines also apply to student projects, unless otherwise arranged. In addition:

  • A written proposal should be submitted at least 10 days prior to the proposed photography or filming date. Proposals may be emailed to
  • Proposal should include at least the following details: school name, how many students will be participating, all equipment, anticipated amount of time needed, and what the project is.
  • A valid student ID is required at check-in.

Visitor Photography Guidelines

Open-Hours Photography Session

Visitors wishing to conduct posed photography or videography sessions (portrait, prom, family, proposal, maternity…etc.) in the Gardens during regular museum hours may do so with the purchase of an Open-Hours Photography Permit. Click the link below for full guidelines. For more information about photography sessions or to book a session, please contact us at (918) 748-5303 or

  • Open-Hours Permits are $50 for (1) hour of access to the gardens only
  • Available for groups of up to 10 people, including the photographer (does not include general admission)
  • One tripod or monopod, one reflecting screen, camera and camera bag are permitted. Additional equipment and drones restricted.
  • Outfit changes, signage, flowers, costume masks, pets, and other props are not permitted
  • Permits are non-exclusive, subject to availability, and non-refundable. In the event of inclement weather or other conflicts, sessions may be rescheduled upon request.

Visitor Photography Guidelines

After-Hours Photography Session

Professional photographers wishing to conduct posed photo sessions at Philbrook should obtain an annual Photography Membership or book an After-Hours Photography Session. After-Hours Sessions are also available to non-professional photographers. Click the link below for full policies and guidelines.

  • After-Hours sessions are $250 for up to (2) hours of access to the gardens only. All fees are non-refundable and must be paid in full before the scheduled session. In the event of inclement weather or other conflicts, sessions may be rescheduled upon request.
  • Sessions are limited to Morning Sessions (7am-9am, Wednesday through Sunday) and Evening Sessions (5pm-Dusk, Wednesday through Sunday, excluding Friday).
  • Sessions are non-exclusive and contingent on availability.
  • Pre-approved photography equipment, props and changes of clothes are permitted.
  • To book a session, the client or photographer must complete the After-Hours Session Photography Session Contract and photographers must submit proof of coverage of liability insurance. If a photographer is not insured, a Liability Coverage Fee will apply.

For more information or to book an After-Hours Session, please contact us at or 918-748-5303. Sessions should be booked at least two weeks in advance.

After-Hours Photography Info

Proposals at Philbrook

Philbrook’s beautiful Gardens are the perfect place for a proposal. Proposals should be scheduled 7-10 days in advance and are subject to availability. For questions or to book a session, contact us at 918-748-5303 or email

Proposals At Philbrook

Commercial Photography & Filming

Photography and filming requests for editorial or commercial usage is approved and coordinated by Philbrook’s Communications department. Please note that as of November 2022 Philbrook has entered a freeze on editorial and rental filming due to increased campus usage and planned construction. This freeze will continue until at least 2024 in order to prioritize Museum programs and event rentals.

All commercial photo and video shoots should be requested at least two weeks in advance and require a staff member escort. Many works of art in our collection and on view are copyrighted and require special permissions to photograph and publish.

Philbrook prohibits photography or filming for commercials or advertisements on campus, except for its own benefit. We do not allow filming that implies endorsement of a business or organization.

All requests are approved on a case-by-case basis by Museum staff and Philbrook reserves the right to restrict photography and filming at any time. Requests are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Availability of Museum staff to respond to the request
  • Security of the collection and museum operations
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Ability to complete the photography or filming with minimal disruption to staff, visitors, tours, and Museum events
  • Sensitivity to the Museum’s mission, collections, and values
  • Compliance with copyright

Requests can be sent to

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