Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome and encourage you to take informal outdoor pictures during your visit to The Four Arts with personal mobile devices or cameras. However, if you are interested in using the gardens or grounds for professional portraits, engagement or wedding day photography, or any similar staged photography, we ask that you first obtain permission from The Four Arts. If you are a recent graduate, we’re happy to offer a photography permit at no charge, by calling 561-655-7227. For all other formal photography, please submit the online Photo Permit below.

Please note: Permits are only available between 10 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. daily and are subject to inclement weather and the following closures:

Tuesday closures: Both gardens are closed to photo permits on all Tuesdays in January, February, and March.

Special closures: Both gardens will close during inclement weather and are closed on major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Easter). In addition, the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden may be closed due to Four Arts special events.

    Please note:

    • Informal or small group photography using personal mobile devices or cameras does not require a permit.
    • Any staged, formal, large group or professional photography does require a permit purchased at least 48 hours in advance and approved by The Four Arts. Permits are $100. Please be sure to have a copy of your approved permit available when you visit.
    • Multiple Group or Multiple Family Portrait sessions on a single permit are not permitted. Portrait sessions must be purchased by individual (or participating) families.
    • Not permitted: Commercial photography is not permitted. Videography is not permitted. Additional equipment besides cameras, such as drones, ladders, or lights, is not permitted.
    • The sculptures in the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden, Four Arts Demonstration Garden, and on The Four Arts Campus may not be photographed due to copyright restrictions.
    • Do not climb on sculptures or enter the fountain areas or any other designated garden space.
    • Please do not take photos inside The Four Arts buildings.
    • There are no refunds on Photo Permits.
    Photo Permit

    We are currently not offering any docent or guided tours. We do offer a self-guided Walking Tour of the Sculpture Garden. Complimentary walking tour guide pamphlets are available at the garden entrances just south of the King Library and across from the Dixon Building.

    No, The Society of the Four Arts is not a wedding ceremony or reception venue.

    No, The Society of the Four Arts does not rent out its facilities for private events, dinners, or meetings.

    Membership at The Society of the Four Arts is appealing, so there is often a waiting list to join. A current member may pick up a membership application on your behalf and two members must sponsor your application.

    Please note, membership is not required to attend our world-class cultural and educational programs.

    The Contemporaries is an exclusive group of young supporters of The Society of the Four Arts, aged 21 to 49. Each year its mission is to educate, enlighten, and inspire you with thought- provoking discussions on a wide range of topics, from the fields of science, contemporary culture, media, and the arts. For any questions, please email Sofia Maduro at

    No, please do not bring your pets as they are not allowed in The Four Arts buildings or gardens. However, trained service animals needed by individuals with disabilities are allowed in all public areas.

    Assisted listening devices are available at the O’Keeffe and Dixon box offices.