NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — The Preservation Society of Newport County will soon lift a long-standing ban on interior photography at the Newport Mansions.
Starting Feb. 12, visitors will be allowed to take their own pictures inside The Breakers, The Elms and The Marble House, as long as they only use their smartphones.
“With the explosion of social media and the passage of time that has minimized artistic copyright concerns, we feel the time is now right to relax our photography policy,” Preservation Society CEO Trudy Coxe said Wednesday.
There will still be restrictions. The Preservation Society says flash, tripods, and selfie sticks won’t be allowed. People who want to take interior pictures using film, digital, or industrial cameras will have to receive written consent.
The Preservation Society says picture-taking will be closely monitored, and may be limited if there are a large amount of visitors.
If the rule change goes well, the Preservation Society says it will also allow visitors to take pictures inside Kingscote and Chateau-sur-Mer when they open for the season in March.