PLEASE NOTE: The Friends of the Conservatory staff is not authorized to make arrangements for photography in the Conservatory. It is handled by the Seattle Parks Department. We provide this information here for your convenience.

Photography Policy

Visitors to the Conservatory are welcome to photograph plants and casually document their visit for non-professional purposes, using personal handheld devices during regular visiting hours (10 am – 4 pm). Tripods are allowed Tuesday through Friday provided they do not block aisles. No other freestanding or bulky equipment permitted.

Formal Photo Shoots are not allowed at the conservatory during regular visiting hours (10 am – 4 pm). Examples include:

  • Fashion photography all types, student, business.
  • Wedding, engagement, anniversary.
  • Portrait, personal, family, children, pets.
  • School photos, graduation, prom, homecoming.
  • All other types of formal photography (professional or non-professional)

Special arrangements can be made for an after hours permit. Arrangements must be made in advance and will be subject to approval by Conservatory Management. To inquire, call 206 684-4743.

Conservatory Facility Guidelines

To insure an enjoyable visit for all our guests we ask visitors to observe the following guidelines:

  • Members of a group must space themselves evenly throughout the building. Sitting or standing in groups, blocking aisles or doorways can intimidate other visitors. Please be courteous of others and allow them to pass freely.
  • Please do not sit or stand, or place materials or equipment in the aisles or display areas. Handling or moving plants or display features is not allowed. Tripods are allowed Tuesday through Friday only. Please limit other equipment/props to hand held items only.
  • Do not use aerosols or art fixative of any type inside the building. Our benches and floors are porous and easily stained. Please keep all art supplies, paints, charcoal, pastels etc. contained.