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Photography Information

Union Station operates as a non-profit organization and derives essential income from a variety of sources. In all cases, we maintain very competitive rates so as to encourage maximum community engagement and participation. Our security staff is trained to monitor and ask photographers for their stated purpose. Our intention is not to be intrusive. Rather it is simply to ensure appropriate fees are acknowledged and paid in order to continue offering Union Station as a beautiful setting for our entire community. Our fees are not based on ‘professional’ or ‘non-professional’ basis of the person taking the photos but rather than on the occasion and size of the group involved. These regulations apply to inside and outside of Union Station property. The property line extends out to Pershing Road. All ‘Formal”, “Informal’ and “Student Groups” must pay the appropriate fee unless otherwise waived by Nale Uhl, Michael Tritt, Lauren Hypse or Charlie Frank. All must have a receipt whether it is for payment or for waived (except Informal during Thanksgiving and New Year) issued by Union Station.

Please note that props or decorations of any kind will not be allowed while taking photos. We also respectfully request no Helium Balloons be brought into the building. Anyone bringing in decorations and or props will be asked to remove the items or leave the premises by Security without a refund. 

Holiday Photography and Costumed Actors

Groups of 15 or less taking informal photos for private use will not need to pay a fee Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Groups of 15+ taking informal and or formal photography during the same timeframe will need to pay a facility fee of $75 which can be pre-purchased in advance here or purchased at the Union Station Box Office or Concessions during normal operating hours:

No outside Santa Claus’ or any other costumed actor/s permitted without prior written consent from Management. Please contact [email protected] for permission and inquiries. All musical performances must complete registration and require prior written permission from Management.

Box Office Hours (Located on Level B)*
Tuesday thru Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.

Concessions Hours (Located on Level B)*
Monday thru Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

*Hour may vary during COVID-19


If you're simply taking snapshots of our building for personal use - with no sales or profit motive - we welcome you to snap away free of charge.

Formal Photography

$75 facility fee. Our definition of "Formal" includes the occasions of weddings, engagements, graduations, and any event that includes more than 10 people. If the group is part of an event at Union Station, this fee is waived.

Informal Photography

$25 facility fee. In the cases of Informal Photos being taken for private use, the fee is reduced. Our definition of "Informal" includes groups of less than 10 people (and waive it entirely between Thanksgiving and New Year).


$25 facility fee. The fee will be waived providing teacher/professor advises us the date and time of the group’s arrival and departure.

For use in movies or publications

For those who want to use Union Station as a movie or magazine/publication backdrop, please contact Union Station Marketing for details and arrangements.

To make arrangements/Payments

All photography fees may be paid in advance here or in-person at the Union Station Box Office or Concessions during normal operating hours. Hours are listed below.

Box Office Hours (Located on Level B)
Tuesday thru Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.

Concessions Hours (Located on Level B)
Monday thru Sunday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Also available to Professional Photographers - Professional Photographer Membership. Current cost $200 for 12 months. Renewable annually. Allows the photographer/studio unlimited visits to Union Station. Photographer will be issued cards similar to membership cards. Available online or at the main ticketing counter during regular counter hours. This is not available at the Concession Stand.