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Renting the Museum

Frequently asked questions about event types, catering, beverages, vendors, rates, what’s included, and more

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What type of events can I have at the Academy of Natural Sciences?

The Academy hosts all kinds of events including, but not limited to, weddings, corporate networking events, bar mitzvahs, and all-day meetings.

Can I bring my own caterer?

The Academy’s exclusive caterer, 12th St. Catering, is here to offer fresh and innovative menus shaped to meet the needs of your guests. Unfortunately, we do not allow outside catering and alcohol.

Is there a food and beverage minimum?

No, there is no minimum for food and beverage purchases.

Is there convenient parking near the Academy of Natural Sciences?

Yes, there is convenient parking near the Academy of Natural Sciences. 12th St. Catering partners with the Parkway Corp, which has a lot located on 1919 Arch St, for all of our evening and weekend event parking. We are happy to arrange valet parking for your guests as well. Please inquire with our events team about daytime parking.

Do have preferred vendors?

We have a preferred A/V company, florist, and entertainment company, but you’re free to bring in your own.

What is included in the rental cost?

Your rental cost includes an Academy event host, security, and our stock of tables and chairs.Is A/V included? No, A/V is provided by an outside vendor at an additional cost.

Can we come in early to set up?

You can work with our events team to figure out the best time to set up your event. The museum is open to the public during the daytime, so setup times may vary.

Do you offer different rates for peak and off-peak seasons?

Because we host an array of different types of events, we don’t have a peak or off-peak season, but we’re always happy to work with our clients to make each event a success.

Do you offer discounted rates for non-profits?

We do not offer a set non-profit rate, but we’re happy to work with you to identify the best way to meet your needs and budget.