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To make your Museum experience as enjoyable as possible, please read this to prior to your visit. 

Be considerate of others during your visit by keeping voices and distractions to a minimum.


Treat exhibitions with respect and do not touch any artwork or objects, unless otherwise marked.


Food, drink or gum is not allowed in the art galleries or Planetarium spaces.


Running is not allowed in any of the Museum buildings.


Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For groups, teachers and chaperones are responsible for their group’s behavior. Chaperones are expected to stay with the students at all times and please provide at least one chaperone for every 10 students.


Outdoor sculptures are part of the Museum campus; sitting or climbing on the sculptures is prohibited.


Smoking is not allowed in any of the Museum buildings and is only allowed outside in designated spaces.


Sketching: sketching is permitted and encouraged. While sketching, please be aware of traffic flow in the exhibition and use non-wet mediums such as pencil, crayon, charcoal, etc.


Flash photography is prohibited.

Professional photography is allowed when scheduled through Museum of the Southwest’s Events Department. Non-scheduled professional photography is strictly prohibited. Tripods, flash, and other photography equipment are not allowed. Photographs must be for personal use and may not be sold, used for promotion or advertising, or be published online or in print without prior Museum of the Southwest approval. Use of Museum of the Southwest grounds by professional photographers as a backdrop pertaining to portraits such as weddings, engagements, family photos, modeling portfolios, prom photos, etc., requires a reservation. To schedule a time please contact the Museum Events Department at

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