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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 on-site, indoor event and ceremony options.

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?

With the exception to ceremony only rentals, our galleries and aquariums located in the Mississippi River Center will be open for your guests to enjoy. Access to special exhibitions can also be permitted, ask for pricing details. 

Can we take photos throughout the campus?

Everyone is welcome to explore our campus for photos, however certain buildings and locations are only accessible during regular business hours.

Is there a food and beverage minimum?

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