Professional Photography Permits

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's gardens, natural areas and buildings are beautiful settings for your client’s celebrations and photos. That being said, professional photographers providing photography services for wedding parties, engagement photos, prom photos, family portraits, etc. must purchase a daily professional photographer permit or annual photography membership. 

Visitors taking photographs for personal use do not need a permit, but we do ask that all photographers (amateur and professional) observe our photography etiquette.

Beginning April 1, 2024, we are making some changes to Arboretum memberships and ticketing. Learn more about the changes


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Wedding Photography

  • All wedding clients who have booked their ceremony or reception at the Arboretum are able to schedule an engagement photo session and take photos on the day of their wedding without purchasing a permit. 
  • For weddings hosted off-site, the wedding couple will need to confirm their photographer holds an annual or daily professional photographer permit to have photos taken on the Arboretum property. 

Commercial Photography

A site fee is charged for commercial photography on the property and is based on the number of participants. Fee includes gate admission for clients ages 16 and up. Commercial photo sessions must apply for a permit by calling 612-301-7601.