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Renting the Museum

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

The main entrance of the Academy with an Elasmosaurus hanging above a desk.

Does the Academy of Natural Sciences host weddings, corporate events and mitzvahs?

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

May 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. We do not allow outside catering and alcohol.

What are your ADA services?

We provide an accessible entrance to the museum from the side of the building on 19th Street. From the lobby there are two elevators that provide access to each floor. For reference, please view a PDF map of the Academy here.

Is there convenient parking near the Academy of Natural Sciences?

Yes, there is convenient parking near the Academy of Natural Sciences. For more parking and transportation information, please visit

May I bring my own vendors to the Academy of Natural Sciences?

We have preferred A/V companies, florists, and entertainment companies, but you are free to bring in your own vendors. 12th Street is our exclusive caterer.

What is included in the Academy of Natural Sciences' venue fee?

Your room(s) is a 5-hour rental. The fee includes an Academy event host, security, custodial services and our stock of tables and chairs.

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. Check out our up-to-date museum schedule for hours of operation.

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

We offer different pricing for weekdays, weekends, and Saturday evenings during peak season (May-December). Peak season rates expire four months out.

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.