Rachelle, thank you for the valuable hints. Never been there before so I was about to call the place to find out if they have any restrictions on picture taking. You addressed my concerns. I love old interiors and it's a pitty we cannot use tripods. Will see how it goes, if we like the place perhaps we can organize better next time and get a permit ahead of time. Cheers
Like I said, I used to work there but I still asked about the tripods because I wasn't sure! Not that anyone here on APUG would ever do this, but I remember being at Fort Edmonton and seeing a guy put his tripod on an antique table to get a shot! I couldn't believe what I saw! I think if you guys express your desire not to get in the way of the interpreters or visitors they'll be fine with it. In fact, I think you could even bring your tripods without permission for outdoor shots (people do this all the time). I don't know if the policy has changed or not, the worse that could happen is that you would be asked to leave it in the car. There are certainly some buildings that are empty (like the barn) that could yield some interesting shots. That being said, most of the time while I was there I just would place my camera on the counter top or barrier or whatever, set it on self-timer (since I don't normally carry a cable release) and get a shot.
The image below is another example: this is inside the Cabinetmaker's shop. During the school year school groups (that is, one class) comes to the Village for a week and dress in period costume and go to school in the schoolhouse with their teacher and get to do apprenticeships every day (one in the morning, one in the afternoon). So that's what this little girl is doing. Inside the cabinetmaker's shop there's a long wooden barrier that's about waist high with a nice flat ledge. Put my TLR on there, set the timer, got the shot. It could be a little better framed, but it's a lot nicer than if I had tried to handhold it!