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Host an Event FAQ


Event FAQ


How much is the sales tax?

The Museum & Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so there is no tax on your event! Proceeds from your event help support the Museum & Aquarium’s education and conservation efforts.

Is there a fee for parking?

Parking is free, and we have ample space for guests as well as limousines, trolleys, or coaches in the public lots outside our buildings.

Do you charge for setup, breakdown, or cleaning?

These items are included with your rental fee. Our staff will set up and take down everything for you, including decorations.

For outdoor events, do you accommodate for weather?

When planning your event, we will develop a contingency plan in the event of inclement weather. We have an on-site, indoor event option.

How close is the Museum & Aquarium to hotels?

There are several hotels within very easy walking distance of the Museum & Aquarium.

Do Museum & Aquarium guests have access to my event space?

The majority of events are held when the Museum & Aquarium is closed to the public. We have select private spaces for events held during operating hours.

Can I hire an outside caterer?

We work exclusively with J&D Catering. Wedding cakes and specialty desserts are an allowed exception.

Can our guests visit the exhibits during our event?

Our galleries and aquariums will be open for your guests to enjoy. Access to special exhibitions can also be permitted. Ask for pricing details.

Is there a food and beverage minimum?

No, we do not require you to meet a food and beverage minimum.