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Rent the Museum

In the interest of public health, the Montshire is not accepting inquiries or bookings for museum rentals until September 1.

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

Renting the Montshire includes options for exclusive evening use of the Museum’s indoor galleries and engaging exhibits, and 1,800 square-foot Community Room with amenities. From mid-May through September you can add our three-acre Science Park and the Hughes Pavilion.

The Montshire offers a variety of rental spaces to meet your needs, with options that can accommodate gatherings large and small. All rentals include use of the Montshire’s banquet space, the Porter Community Room, and the use of:

  • 150 chairs
  • Seated dining capacity for up to 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 plating and serving food
  • Lighted parking for 225 cars

Linens, table cloths, and audio visual services are NOT included with any rental options. Basic set-up services (see below) are included in Options 1, 2, and 3, but not for nonprofit rentals. Set-up services are available for nonprofit rentals at an additional fee. Our special-events coordinator can assist you with the rental process and necessary details to best suit your needs.

​Museum Rental Options

Plus (click or tap to expand) + 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: $1525, $325/hr each additional hour after 10pm
  • June–August: $1625, $375/hr each additional hour after 10pm

Include the Outdoor Patio for $175

Plus (click or tap to expand) + OPTION 2: Museum Building & 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 and additional outdoor restroom facilities
  • Availability: Daily, 5:30–10pm
  • Mid-May–September: $2375, $490/hr each additional hour after 10pm

Plus (click or tap to expand) + 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.

To make planning easier, the following documents will provide information about our different rental options and amenities, rental hours and fees:

Fill out our Online Rental Request to reserve your space.

Learn more about renting the Montshire’s Porter Community Room for your nonprofit event.

Montshire Business Partnership (MBP) members receive a 10–15% discount on all rental options. Learn about becoming an MBP member.

Supporting Members of the Museum receive a 5% discount on all rentals. Learn about becoming a Supporting Member.

To schedule a tour, please contact our reservation coordinator by telephone, Monday–Friday, 8:30am–5pm at 802-649-2200.

Have questions? Please contact our Rental Events Manager via email at

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