Corporate, Business and Non-Profit Meetings and Events

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is a unique, fun, and social location for your business meeting or special event, including retirement parties, happy hours, team building, or quarterly meetings.

The Museum provides a fabulous backdrop creating naturally wonderful memories. The Museum can be rented after business hours, from 4:30-11:30 p.m., or before opening from 6-9:30 a.m. Rental time must include set-up and clean-up. Our Community Room is available for meetings during Museum hours as well as after-hours. 

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.

Reopening as the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science in 2022

Flythrough an artist’s rendition of the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, developed by exhibit designers Reich + Petch. This model is as of April 2021. Exhibit plans are still being developed and are subject to further change and development.

The Community Room at the Delaware Museum of Natural History is a 570 square foot, multi-purpose, handicapped-accessible space available for a variety of purposes: meetings, small parties, classes, lectures, and more! Rentals of the Community Room are available during business hours: Sunday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Rentals before or after regular business hours is possible for an additional fee.

Renting the Community Room includes:

  • Museum admission and parking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Projector and large screen
  • Audio
  • Blu-Ray DVD player
  • Laptop with hookups to projector, if requested (you may also bring your own laptop)
  • Laptop cart that can lock your laptop in place
  • Laser Pointer
  • Eight 6-foot tables with locking wheels
  • 60 cushioned chairs
  • Podium
  • Conference call phone (extra fee)
  • The Community Room can accommodate up to 60 people with theater-style seating (chairs only)

Community Room Pricing:

  • 40-60 people (chairs only) – $120/hour
  • 20-30 people (8 tables with chairs) – $100/hour
  • Under 20 people – $75/hour

Price: $400/hour with a 3-hour minimum (includes setup and tear down)

  • Use of Ederic Hall, an additional fee of $500
  • 20% nonprofit discount

General Rental Information

Renting the Museum includes:

  • Access to galleries and outdoor areas (Pollinator Garden, patio, meadow)
  • Museum admission during the event. (additional admission fees may apply for events during regular museum hours)
  • 120 parking spaces after museum hours
  • Wi-Fi
  • Access to projector, large screen, Blu-Ray DVD player and laptop in Community Room
  • Use of digital screens for pictures or video loop.
  • PA system
  • One Rental Coordinator for the day of the event

Capacity

  • Up to 300 for a cocktail reception (standing and casual seating)
  • Up to 150 people for a seated meal in the Ederic Exhibit Hall (when available, additional fee applies) or in a tent behind the Museum.
  • Smaller seated dinners or cocktail receptions are available in the Regional Gallery, Global Journey Gallery, and Skylight Atrium.

Policies:

  • All rental times and costs must include time for set-up and break-down. This can vary based on catering needs.
  • Access to the Museum for event set up is not available before 4:30 p.m. unless granted by the Rentals Coordinator prior to the day of the event and depends on availability.
  • Rentals include free parking in available spaces in the parking lot. Parking in the circle in front of the Museum is prohibited by the Fire Marshal.
  • Museum exhibits and displays, including outdoor areas, are subject to change prior to a scheduled rental.
  • Insurance: Personal liability insurance is required. Necessary coverage will be included in the contract. Proof of insurance is due 10 days prior to the event.
  • Catering:
    • If applicable, a final walkthrough with the caterer, coordinator, and other vendors is required a month before the event.
    • Preferred caterers: Toscana Catering, Brandywine Prime, Caffe Gelato, and Jamestown Catering.
    • Alcohol must be served by the caterer’s bartender or another licensed bartender, depending on individual catering contract.
  • Decorations:
    • The following decorations are not permitted: Open flame candles, wildflowers, rice, confetti, glitter, flower petals, balloons, anything affixed to the walls and/or ceiling, any decorations draped through or attached to the trees in the galleries
    • Permitted decorations: LED candles, flowers from a professional florist, signs on easels.

Preferred Caterers

Toscana Catering
Brandywine Prime Catering
Caffe Gelato
Jamestown Catering logo

Add-Ons

Ederic Exhibit Hall: Our largest event area. Available when the Museum re-opens in 2022, as well as selected weekends in 2023 and beyond when not used for a special exhibit.

    • Price: $500
    • Seats 150 people for a seated dinner with a dance floor
    • Seats 200 people in theater-style

Nature Nook

    • Price: $100
    • Does not include staff or hands-on items

Tours

    • Price: $50/hour/guide
    • Must be added no later than 2 weeks prior to the event in order to schedule staff

Live Animal Presentations

    • Price: $50/hour/presenter
    • Must be added no later than 2 weeks prior to the event to schedule needed staff.

Live Bird Presentations

    • Price is available upon request
    • A separate planning meeting may be required with Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections
    • Learn more