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Rental & Special Events FAQ

Can I exceed the regular rental hours for my event? 

Yes, for an additional $100.00 you may go from 10:30 pm-11:30 pm or $200 from 10:30 pm-12:00 am. We cannot exceed the 12:00 am time frame for the event.

Can my event end after midnight?

No rentals can end after 12 am.

Do I have to use a caterer from your list or can I choose my own?

You are required to use one of our caterers from our approved list; they are all qualified, insured and work in our space on a regular basis.

What if I don’t want to use your chairs and tables?

You can rent chairs and tables and bring them into the space. This will be at your own expense and arrangements must be made for pickup and drop-offs the day of the event.

Can my guests tour the museum?

Yes, your guests may visit the permanent exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers. If you rent out the entire museum your guests will have access to the upstairs exhibits as well.

I really want to decorate with candles, is that allowed?

Yes, decorating with candles is permitted; however, the glass vase that the candle is in must be higher than the flame.

What are the rental times? 

Depending on the rental, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm for meeting space and 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm for evening events. Evening events may be extended until as late as 12 am for an additional $200.00 and if arranged in advance.

What is included with the rental?

With each rental you will receive free entry into our award-winning exhibits, free use of available tables and chairs, and complimentary parking for you and your guests in the Seventh Street Station parking deck.

How does the parking validation work?

We validate parking for cars parked in Seventh Street Station parking deck, located next door to the Museum: Two hours of complimentary parking for guests parked before 5 pm and full complimentary parking for guests parked after 5pm on weekdays. On weekends full complimentary parking during the day and evening. There is a charge for cars left overnight. Guests must bring parking ticket inside the Museum to be validated.

When can we set-up for our event?

Depending on the renta; events taking place between 9:00 am-5:00 pm have an hour to set-up prior to their event. Evening events, set-up is allowed four hours prior to event starting time. Individuals involved in the set up (vendors, planners, volunteers and/or clients) must be courteous and respectful of museum visitors if setting up during regular business hours. All rentals have one hour to break down after the event ends.

Will I lose my deposit if I cancel my event?

In order to issue a refund, we must be able to re-book your event date and time for the same amount.