Filming Guidelines


Thank you for considering Connecticut River Museum as a location. The following guidelines and procedures are intended to ensure a smooth production for the visiting company. Attention to preparation before the scheduled shoot will help guarantee success for everyone.

PROJECTS CONSIDERED: Preference is given to feature, documentary, and news productions that depict the Connecticut River Museum in an educational, historical, or tourism context. Commercial productions are evaluated based on the nature of the project, its subject, distribution method, and the manner in which the Museum is represented.

COSTS: In addition to a location fee, productions can anticipate the following costs:

  • Other Museum support staff who may be necessary to the production include curatorial staff, carpenters, electricians, painters and boat wranglers. Be advised staff time will be sold to you as requested, but also as needed as determined by the Museum. Support staff is billed at an hourly rate.
  • The production company and Connecticut River Museum will work together to determine security needs for the set to ensure the safety of the public and the Museum’s grounds and collections. Additional security costs will be sold as requested, but also as needed as determined by Connecticut River Museum. Security is billed at an hourly rate.
  • Connecticut River Museum can provide consulting professional staff with historical and maritime expertise, billed at an hourly rate.
  • Photography collection, film & video stock footage or still photo research, reproduction, and licensing fees.
  • On-camera talent and extras may be available and are negotiated separately. Museum personnel will be paid directly by Connecticut River Museum.
  • Ships, boats, costumes, props, machinery, office, and storage space may be available and are negotiated separately.

LOGISTICS: All indoor productions and most outdoor productions will be done in the early morning hours or evening when the Museum is not open to the public. Vehicles have limited access to Museum grounds. Connecticut River Museum will work with the production to create a schedule of activities which will be agreed upon by both parties in advance.

CREDIT: Connecticut River Museum must be credited in narration or on–screen credits as specified in the location agreement.


To initiate a film or photography project at Connecticut River Museum, submit a proposal 90 days in advance of your anticipated start date. Please be specific. Connecticut River Museum will respond in writing, including a location fee quote, within two weeks.

  • Once permission is granted, an on-site planning meeting will be scheduled.
  • Connecticut River Museum will provide a location agreement which must be signed and returned with payment in full before any on grounds activity or shooting can take place.
  • The production company should be prepared to provide proof of insurance of at least $2 million or more, as determined by the Museum.

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