Visitor Policies

During your visit

  • Please avoid touching or leaning on objects or display cases, and maintain a distance of two feet from artwork.
  • Food or drink is not permitted in the galleries.
  • For the safety of everyone, we do not allow weapons, including firearms, knives, sharp objects, or hazardous materials on museum property.
  • To protect our collection, please leave umbrellas, briefcases, backpacks, and bags larger than 14x17x8 in your vehicle or with our security staff.
  • Please do not carry anything on your back, including backpacks, drawstring bags, purses, or children.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. We ask that children under 12 do not push strollers or wheelchairs.
  • Strollers for small children are welcome, but wagons are not permitted.
  • Sketching with pencils is allowed in the galleries. Sketchbooks should be no larger than 14 x 17 inches. Please do not bring pens, paints, or inks into the galleries.
  • We welcome service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pets or other animals are not allowed at the museum, including in automobiles parked in the museum lot. Owner is responsible for any liable concerns or incidents associated with service animal.
  • Visitors to the Museum may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. By attending, visitors grant the Museum permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which they appear for archival, documentary, publicity, advertising, or other purposes.

Photography

To protect the works of art, copyright of the creators, and the safety of other visitors, the Museum has the following guidelines concerning photographing at the Museum:

  • Hand-held, non-flash photography of works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection is permitted for private, non-commercial use only. Photographs may not be published, sold, reproduced, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner.
  • Flash photography, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks and large camera bags are not permitted.
  • All commercial, wedding, portrait photography, or other professional photography must be scheduled in advance by calling 301-739-5727. Fees apply. Please see our Facility Use Policy for more information.
  • Photography may be restricted based on the wishes of the lender for works of art on loan to the museum. The museum makes every effort to identify those works of art and/or exhibition spaces when photography is not permitted. Please seek assistance from museum staff with any questions.
  • Please be respectful. Do not disturb other visitors while taking photographs.
  • Do not touch or move artwork.
  • Maintain a distance of at least two feet from artworks when taking photos or selfies.
  • The Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of objects in its collection.

To learn more about our policies by calling 301-739-5727, or via email at info@wcmfa.org.

Smoke-Free Campus

Smoking or vaping is not permitted in the museum or on the property including the parking lot and the Kaylor Rose Garden.

Inclement Weather

Please check the museum’s website for delays/closings at: wcmfa.org, our Facebook page, or call the museum at 301-739-5727.

The inclement weather policy for all Singer Society activities follows the Washington County Board of Education’s policy. If schools are closed or open two hours late, all Singer Society activities are cancelled.

Non-discrimination

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts prohibits discrimination in employment and volunteer service, artistic and educational programs, and other activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. This organization also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to its facilities.