Rental Guidelines

Approval and Fees

  • All applications for special events are subject to approval by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, at the recommendation of the Executive Director.
  • A signed Rental Agreement and a deposit of 30 percent are required to confirm the date. If the event must be cancelled due to a change in the COVID-19 Guidelines, the deposit will be refunded, less an $150 administrative fee. Otherwise, the deposit is non-refundable.
  • A damage deposit of $500 (or as determined by the Executive Director) is due at time of the rental deposit and will be held for one week after the event.
  • Overtime is at a rate of $200/half hour and is permitted only at the discretion of the Executive Director.
  • Payment of balance (by check or money order) is due one week prior to the event.

Headcount and Vendors

  • Client must submit a final headcount one week before the event, i.e., bridal couple, bridal party, officiant, photographer/videographer, musician(s), and guests.
  • Client must submit a list of vendors, with contact information, one week before the event.
  • Musicians or DJs are subject to an additional fee.
  • Events requiring a large number of vendors may, at the discretion of the Executive Director, be subject to additional fees.

Amenities & Access

  • The Museum has two public restrooms & a coat room on the ground floor.
  • Rentals include the use of gold folding chairs for wedding ceremonies, one table, & trash cans. All other supplies are the responsibility of the client.
  • Additional tables are available for a nominal fee. 
  • The Museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Period Room & Garden Usage

  • Clients have access to the space(s) listed in the Rental Agreement only. Clients are not permitted in other areas of the Museum.
  • Objects in the collection may not be touched, nor may the furniture be sat upon.
  • Only Museum personnel may move furniture and objects in the Museum’s collection.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • Photography, with flash, is allowed in all spaces. Additional lighting sources may be brought in.
  • Food and drink may be served in the ground floor rooms (Period Kitchen and Family Room) and in the Garden only. 

Decorations

  • Decoration/styling is allowed only under the direct supervision of Museum staff.
  • Large decorations (floral arches, free-standing chuppas, etc.) are subject to an additional fee, at the discretion of the Executive Director.
  • The use of nails, stickpins, tape, paint, or any other material that could have irreversible effects on the Museum building or its collections is not allowed.
  • All decorations must be removed from the Museum at the end of the event.
  • Fires in the fireplaces are not permitted.
  • Flower petals may be tossed on the front steps only. No rice or birdseed are permitted in the garden or inside the Museum.

Staff

  • To ensure that your event is seamless, at least two staff members of the Museum will be on site during the event.
  • Docents are available to give tours or provide information about the house, its history, and its collections for an additional fee.

Insurance

  • In the case of an event sponsored by a corporate or non-profit entity, the Museum requires proof of coverage of Renter’s activities at the Museum by general liability insurance (or as determined by the Executive Director).
  • For Renters who are individuals, coverage is at the discretion of the Executive Director.
  • If required, a proof of insurance must be submitted one week prior to the event.