Photography at the museum should be conducted without disruption to museum operations or visitors.
Personal photography is permitted in the permanent collection galleries, the grounds, and the historic structures. This includes cellphones, hand held cameras and video cameras that are set to take non-flash photos. Flash photography is prohibited without special permission.
Members of the media may photograph or film within approved areas of the museum for the purpose of news coverage. All organized photo shoots inside the museum—for news coverage, school projects, tourism programs—require an escort by a member of the communications staff.
Call to schedule your visit to ensure a staff member is available. Unscheduled photo shoots that cannot be staffed will be declined. Commercial photographers not commissioned by The Whitney Plantation may not conduct photo or video shoots in the museum without prior permission from staff. A fee will be charged for use of facilities and staff time.
Tripods and large photo bags must be inspected and approved by staff at the entrance. A temporary tripod pass will be issued for the duration of your visit. Tripods should be carried vertically throughout the museum to minimize risk to the artwork and visitors.
Wedding and engagement photography is permitted on the Museum grounds.
Rights and Reproductions
Photography is permitted for private use only. Photographs may not be published, sold, or otherwise distributed for commercial purposes. Visitors may post images from their visits on personal social media sites, so long as they are not used for profit.
The museum may photograph or videotape visitors for educational and promotional purposes. Attendance on museum property is implied consent for the use of visitors’ likenesses for marketing purposes.
The Whitney Plantation reserves the right to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph on the premises. Staff has the authority to approach and verify the intent of photography, and to enforce this Photography Policy. Questions call 225-265-3300
*All photos, videos, and audio are subject to copyright and cannot be duplicated without permission from the Whitney Plantation
The Slave Population
Slavery In Louisiana
The Atlantic Slave Trade
Slaves of the Plantation
Slave Trade In Louisiana
Jean Jacques Haydel Sr.
Jean Jacques Haydel Jr. and Marcellin Haydel
Marie Azélie Haydel
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