Bartow-Pell Mansion

Located in the Bronx, just ten miles from Manhattan, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, with its splendid late Federal style exterior and Greek Revival period rooms, is a hidden gem set within Pelham Bay Park.  This historic site is a New York City Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Bartow-Pell Museum is encompassed by a “forever wild” zone and boasts a formal, terraced garden, designed by Delano & Aldrich in 1916, and these serve as beautiful backdrops for commercial film and photography location shoots.

All requests for use of Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and grounds for commercial photography (still and motion) must be directed to the Museum Administrator, Susan Chesloff, at or 718.885.1461

Complete Film/Photo Shoot Form:



We seek your cooperation in following the guidelines outlined below:

  • The preservation of the museum, the collections, and the grounds is our first priority. Risks are not acceptable.  All procedures and conditions stated by museum staff must be respected.

  • If required, the production company is responsible for paying an additional fee to PEP (Parks Enforcement Patrol) and arranged through the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Pelham Bay Park Administrator.

  • Insurance: The production company must provide Comprehensive General Liability Insurance and submit a Certificate of Insurance prior to the first day of the shot. Insurance must be provided as follows:  Commercial General Liability, Products, Personal Injury, each occurrence all at the $1,000,000 level.  Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation, The Arsenal, 830 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10065, MUST be named as additional insured parties.

  • Parking: Onsite parking for production vehicles is limited and the number and type must be specified and agreed upon in advance. The Front Entrance Gate MUST be kept clear for emergency access. Plentiful off-site parking is available by prior arrangement with the Pelham Bay/Split Rock Golf Course across the street and the Pelham Bay Park Administrator’s office. All parking rules and regulations will be strictly enforced.

  • Hazing or fog producing devices of any kind are prohibited inside Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum or within ten feet of the doors and windows. No aerosol or water-based sprays are permitted in the period rooms.

  • The use of tapes, glues, nails, staples, and other types of methods of attachment is strictly prohibited anywhere in the museum.  This includes, but is not limited to, both the exterior and interior of the site.

  • The use of the gardens and grounds requires sensitivity to plant materials, lawns, etc.  Please avoid setting heavy equipment in these areas and keep traffic patterns to the gravel and wood-chipped path as much as possible. Should the production require the use of heavy equipment on the grounds, plywood is required to reduce damage as much as possible. Any damage to grass, shrubbery, gardens, and other planted areas must be restored by the production company at the end of shooting.

Photo by Kim Myers Robertson