Museum Rental Information

The Montshire is the perfect venue for celebrations, receptions, corporate events, meetings, and parties.

Submit an online request to rent the Museum

The Montshire offers a variety of rental spaces to meet your needs, with options that can accommodate up to 350 guests. All rentals include use of the 2,200-square-foot Porter Community Room and the use of:

  • 150 chairs
  • Seated dining capacity for 110 guests.
  • Tables:
    Ten rectangular tables measuring 8' x 2.5'
    Ten round tables measuring 4'
    Five round tables measuring 5'
    Four 32" round high top tables
  • Dropdown screen
  • Kitchen for prepping and serving food 
  • Lighted parking for 225 cars

Please note: Linens, table cloths, and audio visual services are NOT provided.

Set up in the Porter Community Room and Hughes Pavilion may begin at 4pm and guests may arrive as early as 5:30pm. The standard rental period ends at 10pm for Rental Option #1, #2 and #3, but may be extended on an hourly basis.

If you're interested in adding a truly extraordinary experience to your event, we offer staff-led, science-based activities, set-up and clean up service and the ability to move certain exhibits. Our special events coordinator can assist you with the rental process and necessary details to best suit your needs.


Option 1    Museum Building Rental

Includes exclusive access to the Museum galleries and indoor exhibits (including visiting exhibitions), and the 1800-square foot Porter Community Room. 

Availability: Daily, 5:30–10pm
September–May: $1375, $325/hr each additional hour after 10pm
June–August: $1475, $375/hr each additional hour after 10pm
Include the Outdoor Patio for an additional $175


Option 2    Museum Building and Outdoor Spaces Rental

Includes indoor exhibit galleries, Porter Community Room, David Goudy Science Park & Hughes Pavilion

Additional Amenities

  • Ten six-foot picnic tables in the Pavilion
  • Additional outdoor restroom facilities 

Availability: Daily, 5:30–10pm
Mid-May–September: $2225, $490/hr each additional hour after 10pm


Option 3    Porter Community Room (Evening Events)

Availability: Daily, 5:30 –10pm
September–May: $425, $115/hr each additional hour after 10pm
June–August: $500, $150/hr each additional hour after 10pm

Use of the Community Room does not include access to the Museum galleries or outdoor spaces. 


Option 4    Porter Community Room (Daytime Meetings)

Availability: Monday–Friday, 8:30 – 10:30am or 1:30 – 3:30pm
September–April: $250 

Use of the Community Room does not include access to the Museum galleries or outdoor spaces. Daytime meetings may only include up to 60 people with limited floor plan options.


Montshire Business Partnership members receive a 15% discount on Options #1 & #2, and a 10% discount on Options #3 & #4. 

Supporting Members of the Museum receive a 5% discount on all rentals.

Set up in the Porter Community Room and Hughes Pavilion may begin at 4pm. Set up on the gallery floors is strictly prohibited before 5pm. Guests may arrive as early as 5:30pm. The standard rental period ends at 10pm for Rental Options #1, #2 and #3, but may be extended on an hourly basis.

Services available for an additional fee include:

  • Educational demonstrations and activities led by our professional staff
  • Setting up Museum chairs and tables, rearranging picnic tables in the Hughes Pavilion (for Option #2)
  • Break-down to return chairs and tables and vacuuming service

Facility tours may be arranged through our special-events coordinator.

Rental Options and Prices
Submit an online request to rent the Montshire
Museum Rental Policies & Guidelines
Example Floor Plans for Events