Members of the media are permitted to film or photograph within approved areas of the Museum for the purpose of news coverage. A Museum staff member must accompany all media visits. Please contact Sarah Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-426-1812 ext. 126 with as much advance notice as possible to ensure that resources are available for your visit. The USS Constitution Museum will try to accommodate short notice requests; however, please be aware that last-minute or unscheduled photo shoots that cannot be accompanied by a staff member maybe declined.
Media members should check in at the Museum’s front desk, and sign a Permission to Photograph form. Tripods will be issued a tripod pass, which must be displayed on equipment for the duration of your visit. Please carry tripods vertically through the galleries to protect artifact cases and visitors.
Filming and Photographing in the Museum
If you are shooting video or still photography for a film, documentary, interview, student production, or other commercial use, you must first obtain permission from the Museum to proceed. Requests for filming and photography must be submitted in writing to Sarah Watkins at email@example.com with at least 3 weeks prior notice. For more information, please visit the Fees for Service page.
Filming on board USS Constitution
All requests to film or photograph on board USS Constitution must be made with the US Navy. The USS Constitution Museum is a private non-profit organization and cannot make arrangements to film on the Ship. The following information has been provided by USS Constitution’s Public Affairs Office:
News Agencies: For all news agencies requesting media production on board USS Constitution or the ship’s pier, we require your party to contact the ship’s public affairs officer (PAO) at 617-799-8198. Turnaround time for approval is often very quick and only requires approval from the ship’s PAO.
Film and Documentary Production Companies: For all film and documentary production companies requesting to film on board USS Constitution, we also require your party to contact the ship’s PAO. Turnaround time for approval can vary, depending on the request, so we recommend giving us as much leeway time as possible. On average, the approval process takes seven business days.
Licensing Images and Multimedia from the Museum’s Collections