We know that with the weather, Como will be a popular destination for prom photos, but we’d like to remind prom attendees that photo permits are required and photo polices will be enforced. A 30 minute photo permit may be purchased at the Visitors Center Desk for $25.


Enjoy your visit and feel free to take candid photos of the gardens. A permit is required for any posed photography in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Tropical Encounters and the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden. Video recording is prohibited.  A 30 minute photo permit may be purchased at the Visitors Center Desk for $25. The restrictions of this permit are as follows:

  • Maximum two people per photograph
  • One photographer per permit
  • Tripods or additional photography equipment is prohibited
  • Props and clothing changes are prohibited

The Photo Policy has been established for the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Tropical Encounters in order to allow free-flowing foot traffic and provide an enjoyable experience for all our guests. We invite you to take photos and videos at many of the other beautiful locations on the Como Campus where a permit is not required. For questions or for the full policy, please visit Visitor Services.

We invite you to rent the gardens before or after public hours for all photography needs.  Contact us at (651) 487-8250 or comoweddings@ci.stpaul.mn.us for more information and pricing.

Definition of Posed Photography: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory defines posed photography as any photographer (amateur or professional) that gathers a group together for a photo and/or poses an individual or individuals for wedding, prom, engagement, family or similar type photos.