Rent the Museum

In January 2021, the Delaware Museum of Natural History is closing for an extensive year-long renovation project.

Reopening in 2022 as the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, the Museum will be a unique, fun, and social location for your wedding, other special event, or business meeting.

The Museum is not available for rental for the remainder of 2020 or in 2021 due to the renovation project. To learn more about how we can help you create the perfect event in 2022 and beyond, contact our Rentals Coordinator, Sydney Richter, at or 302.658.9111 ext 301.

Rental of the Museum offers access to:

  • Three major galleries and our backyard gardens for ceremony, cocktail hour, receptions, and seated dinners
  • Free parking and security after 4:30 p.m.
  • Facility coordinator
  • Community Room equipped with new A/V
  • Free wifi
  • Outdoor areas including patio, pollinator garden, and meadow
  • Education programs presented by Museum educators (additional charge).

Ask us about other options. Additional rental items, such as chairs, tables, linens, etc., are available through Toscana Catering.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History can accommodate groups from 10 to 100 year round (and limited availability for larger groups). Evening Museum rentals are available between 4:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The Community Room can accommodate up to 60, and is available during Museum hours as well as for early-morning or after-hours meetings.

All dates are subject to availability. Our largest space, the Ederic Exhibit Hall, is available for an additional fee on specific days throughout the year as an addition to your rental. 

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toscana_cateringToscana Catering is our exclusive caterer. Contact them at 302.654.8877 for menu and pricing information.

With a reputation for “really good food,” Toscana operates with a commitment to fresh, local ingredients, which makes them the sound choice when taste matters. Toscana is owned by Chef Dan Butler and led by their experienced catering team. They work directly with you to prepare an amazing dining experience and take pride in their ever-evolving, customizable menus that agree with any size budget.

“Alexis is an absolute saint. The museum provided the perfect setting for our wedding, providing interesting exhibits for not only the adults but also the children. Our wedding photos are AMAZING – Can you get better than cheezing beside a Tyrannosaurus Rex head? We loved every minute of it, and so did our guests. Toscana’s partnering with the museum provided a very smooth operation. If we could afford it, we’d totally get married here again.”

Greg, Groom , (Wedding, June 2017)

“When searching for venues, my husband and I knew we didn’t want the generic country club, farmhouse, or ballroom wedding. We wanted something fun and unique, but also practical. I had been to the museum when I was younger and when it popped up on WeddingWire it looked like an awesome idea. From the start Alexis was very helpful and accommodating; she answered any questions we had through the whole planning process. We booked the venue after meeting with her at the museum for a walkthrough and knew it was our wedding location! On wedding day, everything went smoothly and Alexis coordinated with all of our vendors to make sure everything flowed smoothly. All of our guests just loved the museum and we honestly couldn’t have asked for a better day. The ceremony was held outside on the patio in front of the butterfly garden and the back field was a beautiful spot for our wedding party pictures. We chose to have dinner in the dinosaur room and dancing in the center atrium area. There was plenty of space for everything else like dancing, the guestbook, favors, card box, photobooth (in the African Watering Hole area), cake, etc. Thank you DMNH staff and especially Alexis for making our day special and memorable!”

Alicia, Bride, (Wedding, June 2017)

“First of all, DMNH is an amazing museum. Second of all, it’s an even more amazing place to have an event. We booked the museum for our wedding reception and it was a wonderful experience. They have both indoor and outdoor space. You can use the Great Room if it does not have an traveling exhibit at the time, which is what we did. Your guests are free to wander the museum. It is very unique. Dinner and dancing amongst the dinosaurs was exactly what we wanted for our day to stand out. Highly recommend!”

Jessica, Bride , (Wedding, June 2016)

“My niece had her wedding there on January 13th. What a GREAT venue! Staff was Great! First class! Would highly recommend to anyone interested in a venue offering something out of the ordinary!!!”

Susan, Aunt of Bride , (Wedding January 2018)