The guidelines below apply for photography and videotaping inside the Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada.
1. News Media Photography
The Currency Museum has an open-door policy for news media photographers and reporters who are doing stories or projects that directly involve the Currency Museum and its programs. Advance authorization for such photography or filming must be obtained from Public Affairs (613 782-8782).
We request that press visits be arranged at least one business day in advance to ensure availability of support for the visit. Public Affairs employees are typically not on site during weekends unless previous arrangements have been made.
2. Documentary-Type Photography for Publication or Broadcast
The Currency Museum permits photography and filming of its premises and activities when the use of the photographs or film involves the Currency Museum directly, e.g., Museum as a tourist or learning destination—part of a piece used to describe our city. Authorization must be obtained in advance from Public Affairs (613 782-8782).
3. Commercial Photography
The Currency Museum does not permit commercial photography or videotaping on or in its facilities. This includes and is not limited to using the Currency Museum building, grounds or interiors as a set for model photography, or for product photography intended to advertise goods or services unrelated to the Currency Museum. If a need can be met from an existing photograph or image, using either the collection or another Museum source, the procedure and charges for photographic reproduction apply. For more information, please contact Public Affairs (613 782-8782).
4. Amateur Photography
Casual amateur photography and filming are permitted in the Currency Museum facility for visitors wanting a remembrance of their visit. However, to protect the Museum artifacts, flash photography is not permitted.
5. Reproducing anything in the likeness of a current bank note is an offence under the Criminal Code.
For further information, refer to http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/banknotes/legislation/repro.html.
6. Photography / Filming in the Garden Court
Visitors to the Currency Museum and members of the public are permitted to take photographs for personal use in the Bank of Canada’s Garden Court. Larger groups, such as wedding photographs, must contact Public Affairs (613 782-8782) to obtain permission in advance, and must agree with the Bank’s Rules of Use for the Garden Court. These rules include, but are not limited to:
- No individual or group may reserve the Garden to take photographs; all persons using the Garden for this reason does so acknowledging that they must share the space with other groups
- Individuals or groups must also agree not to interfere with the operation of the Museum; must not restrict movement about the Garden, block access to the Museum or restrict access to the Yap Stone (a part of the Museum’s exhibit which is located in the garden)
- No confetti or other materials may be tossed about or left in the Garden;
- It is not permitted to walk into the Gardens or enter the water features; the stepping stones are for the use of the Bank’s gardeners only.
- No alcoholic beverages are permitted in the Garden Court
Members of the news media who wish to use the garden court as backdrop for news reports must also contact Public Affairs (613 782-8782) to obtain permission in advance.
The Bank of Canada does not permit commercial photography or filming in the Garden Court.
Members of the public are encouraged to enter into and use the Garden Court of the Bank of Canada during business hours or when the Museum is open.