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Rent the Museum

Enjoy an exclusive private experience at the Montshire!

Make your celebration extra special with a unique experience at the Montshire. Enjoy beautiful river views, hiking trails, and access to all science exhibits.

The Montshire is an ideal venue for:

  • Corporate Meetings and Retreats
  • Employee Appreciation
  • Reunions
  • Celebrations — retirements, anniversaries, vow renewals, bat and bar mitzvahs, baby showers, bridal showers, rustic weddings

COVID Policy

  • Masks are required for everyone age 3 and up when inside the museum.

  • No food or drink are allowed indoors.

  • Capacity in Porter Community Room is reduced to allow for extra space between seats.

  • The Montshire reserves the right to change or add policies if/as needed.

Basic Policy

  • Private events must be scheduled Wednesday–Monday, outside of Montshire business hours; the only exception is for the use of the Anderson Center (see below for more details).

  • Generally, pricing includes 4 hours in the space, including set up and clean up time. Set up can begin at 4pm for Anderson Center rentals and after 5pm for the galleries and other public spaces. Events need to have a publicized start time of 5:30pm or later.

  • Additional hourly fee is applied to events that exceed 4 hours, inclusive of set up and clean up.

  • An insured caterer is required for outdoor food service—no potluck allowed. A Vermont licensed bartender is required for alcohol service.

  • No pets or smoking on Montshire property except in our parking lot.

  • Renters are welcome to use tables and seating that are in place around the property, but no arranged seating or tables are provided anywhere except in the Porter Community Room.

​Spaces for Rent

The Montshire has a wide range of options available for rent. Choose the space that works best for your event!

Montshire approval is needed for events.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + The Anderson Center

The Anderson Center is ideal for business meetings and presentations. This is the only space in the museum that may be booked during museum hours, at the discretion of staff. It includes:
  • Porter Community Room, which includes:

    - Capacity: 50

    - Projector and screen

    - Variety of wired and wireless microphones

    - Lectern

    - Ability to do hybrid in-person/Zoom meeting

    - Inputs for a variety of audio and video devices including HDMI, VGA, ¾”

    - Music playback

    - Adjustable LED lighting

    - Tables and chairs available

    • 50 armless chairs

    • Ten 8’ rectangular tables

    • Ten 4’ round tables

    • Ten 5’ round tables

    • Four 32” high top tables

  • Dedicated coat room and storage area

  • Six non-gendered restrooms (2 fully ADA compliant)

  • Lighted parking lot

Plus (click or tap to expand) + First and second floor galleries, including Anderson Center

  • Access to all exhibits and amenities on both floors of the Museum and the tower

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Outdoor Terrace

  • A lovely space for a small reception, or allow guests to flow outdoors for fresh air

  • Access to electricity

  • Exhibits on the terrace include Pollinator Garden, Musical Fence, and Lithophone

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Hughes Pavilion

Weather permitting
  • Covered concrete pad serves as a spot for events of all kinds

  • Simple track lighting available, as well as access to electricity

  • Access road for vendors, including food trucks

NOTE: Exhibits installed in the Pavilion may need to stay in place for private events; please contact us for more details.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Full Science Park

Weather permitting, includes Pavilion and Terrace
  • All of our exclusive outdoor exhibits including the Rill

  • Access to all trails

  • Outdoor engagement for all ages

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Rental of All Space Options

Rental includes:
  • The Anderson Center
  • First and second floor galleries
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Hughes Pavilion
  • Full Science Park

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Tiny Wedding

  • Informal and unique event for up to 20 guests

  • Pick the location: indoor galleries, Play Grove (river view), Pavilion, Terrace, or Amphitheatre (outdoor venues available weather permitting, May–October)

  • Two hours on day of the event: 5:30–7:30pm or 6:00–8:00pm:

    • One hour for photos on property with bride, groom, and photographer

    • One hour for guests to gather, perform ceremony, and take further photos if desired

  • Complimentary visit to scout locations for ceremony and photos; staff are also happy to make recommendations

  • Two complimentary guest passes for the newlyweds

Book Your Rental!

Complete and submit our Rental Request Form and bring the Montshire experience to your special event. ​Book your rental today!

Museum Rental Details

Learn more about the ins and outs of renting the Montshire!

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Staffing

Montshire will provide staffing for the event, including:

  • preparing spaces prior to start of rental
  • greeting and checking in guests (if needed)
  • maintaining the facility during the event, including hand washing and sanitizing stations
  • monitoring galleries and outside spaces to ensure health and safety protocols are followed by guests and staff

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Weather

Outdoor exhibits and facilities are closed during electrical storms.

An alternate event date can be selected at booking, or, with appropriate notice, an outdoor reservation can be changed to indoor (all indoor policies apply).

Renter and MMS staff will consult 12-24 hours in advance of the event to make the decision to reschedule or cancel (cancellation policies apply) the event.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Health and Safety Protocols

All attendees must wear masks and social distance as much as possible while inside the building. When outside, masks are required when speaking to Montshire staff.

The full list of the Montshire Museum of Science’s current health and safety policies are available on the Montshire’s Visit page. As all guests will need to comply with these guidelines, Renter should review these policies before booking, as well as in advance of their event date as policies may have changed. Any guest demonstrating disregard for the health and safety protocols will be asked to leave.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Rental Fees and Deposit

All rentals must be reserved a minimum of two weeks prior to the event date.

A signed agreement with one-half of the rental fee is required to hold a date.

The balance of the rental fee and a $300 security deposit is due two weeks prior to your event.

Security deposit refunds will be issued within 30 days following the event, assuming there is no damage or unusual custodial requirements—including additional staff time—as a result of the event.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Insurance/Liability

The Montshire does not provide insurance coverage or assume responsibility for the actions of any individual or entity renting the facilities. Liability and/or property damage arising from the group’s actions is the responsibility of the group or person that has reserved the space.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Cancellations

If Renter cancels their event more than 3 weeks prior to the event date, a full refund of deposit will be made to Renter. If Renter cancels 2 weeks before the event, 50% of deposit is forfeited. Cancellations made by the Renter less than two weeks prior to the event are nonrefundable. The Montshire reserves the right to cancel an event and retain the deposit if Renter and guests are unable to comply with health, safety and other Montshire policies.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Fine Print

Reflecting the Montshire’s role in the community and mission, Museum trustees have restricted certain functions held at the Montshire. Events relating to political campaigns, political agendas, or sponsored by political parties are not allowed. Museum administration may choose not to accept requests or cancel events that they consider potentially adverse to the Museum’s operations. Charging admission or selling tickets to an event held at the Montshire is not permitted. Fundraising of any kind is not permitted, nor is selling merchandise.