Usage Permissions & Fees

Policies Governing Using Images from the Museum's Collection:

  • Museum images may not be altered without prior approval.
  • Non-commercial use of museum images on personal or educational websites is allowed free-of-charge as long as credit is given to the Tennessee State Museum. There is a handling fee if the image has to be transmitted electronically from the TSM photographic archives (instead of copying it off the museum’s two websites).
  • Users should be aware that some of the images on the museum two websites, www.TNmuseum.org and www.TN4me.org, do not belong to the TSM. The TSM cannot give permission to re-use images which it does not own.  Photographic credit information is available at the bottom of each web page.  It is the responsibility of each user to ensure that they are in compliance with U.S. copyright laws.
  • Commercial use of museum images or use of images on websites that charge or carry advertisements must be approved in advance.  Contact the museum at photographs@tnmuseum.org.
  • TSM images or text excerpts from the museum’s two websites may be used for school or academic reports free-of-charge.  Credit should be given to the Tennessee State Museum.  Again, users should check in the photo credits at the bottom of each web page to determine whether or not the image is credited to the TSM; if not, they must contact the image owner for permission.
  • Academic use is defined as non-publication use by a student or teacher in a school setting for personal reference, research, or decorative display.
  • Any use of images for commercial purposes whether print, video, or web must receive prior approval from TSM staff (see contact information below) and is subject to a usage fee.
  • Those needing a high-resolution image may incur a fee and must sign a license agreement for this service.  See image use fee schedule and license agreement information below. 

Obtaining Permission:

  • Personal photography in TSM — No permission required
  • Educational use in a classroom — No permission required
  • Commercial photography in the museum and news media:  museuminfo@tnmuseum.org
  • Photographic reproduction requests from the public or commercial ventures: photographs@tnmuseum.org
  • The TSM reserves the right to deny any request for digital images if the proposed use of the photograph does not reflect the mission of the TSM.

Publication Fees per Image:

  • Personal use (includes student projects and use by educators):  free

Non-profit

  • print publication (1-10,000 copies):  $10
  • print publication (10,001-100,000 copies):  $20
  • print publication (100,001 & above copies):  $30
  • Electronic (websites, mobile apps, & e-books):  $10
  • Surcharge for cover/exterior use:  $25
  • Merchandise and/or marketing materials:  request rates
  • Film/Video:  $20
  • Museum exhibits:  $20

For-profit

  • print publication (1-10,000 copies):  $100
  • print publication (10,001-100,000 copies):  $200
  • print publication (100,001 & above copies):  $300
  • Electronic (websites, mobile apps, & e-books):  $100
  • Surcharge for cover/exterior use:  $100
  • Merchandise and/or marketing materials:  request rates
  • Film/Video:  $500
  • Commercial exhibits:  $100

Digital Image File Surcharge

  • Low-res JPEG:  free
  • High-res TIFF (print quality):  $15
  • Super high-res TIFF (exhibit quality):  $50
  • High-res images for some items may not be available.
  • Images will be delivered via email or Hightail (a file sharing service).  An additional $5 charge for images burned to disc and mailed.
  • Images of museum objects on display, which are created by someone other than museum staff, are subject to publication fees.

Additional Charges:

  • There is an additional charge if a format other than digital is requested. This will be based on the format (negatives, prints, transparencies, etc.), and the price will be communicated at the time of the request.
  • If a photographic request is made for an artifact which has not been imaged, there will be additional charges for the photography.  In some cases, i.e. the fragility of the artifact, the museum may decline to move the object for photographing purposes. Contact the photographs@tnmuseum.org for more information.
  • Photographic requests are usually processed within two weeks.  There will be an additional charge for rush orders.
  • Once the fee is determined, a license agreement will be sent for review.  A signed license agreement and payment must be received prior to delivery of images. 

 Download a TSM Photo License Agreement

 After clicking the button, select Photographic Services on the first drop-down menu.

Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
tn4me
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
tn4me