Rental Guidelines

Event Scheduling

The Museum is open to the public Thursday, 12 to 9 p.m., and Friday to Monday, 12 to 5 p.m.

  • Rentals must be scheduled outside regular museum hours.
  • Under certain circumstances, the Executive Committee may agree to close the Museum, at an additional fee, for up to one hour.
  • Early arrivals are not permitted. Clients who arrive early may be asked to wait outside.

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. The Double Parlor may be rented for seated dinners only. Additional charges apply.
  • The Garden can not be tented.

Headcount and Vendors

  • Client must submit a final headcount one week before the rental.
    • Headcounts include bridal couple, bridal party, officiant, photographer/videographer, and guests.
  • Client must submit a list of vendors, with contact information, one week before the rental.
  • Musicians or DJs are subject to an additional fee.
  • Events requiring a large number of vendors may, at the discretion of the Executive Committee, be subject to additional fees.

Amenities

  • The Museum has two public restrooms & a coat room on the ground floor.
  • The Museum is not wheelchair accessible.
  • 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.
  • A bridal changing area is available for an additional fee. Hairspray is not permitted.

Decorations

  • Decoration and styling of the Museum is allowed only under the direct supervision of the staff.
  • Large decorations (floral arches, free-standing chuppas, etc.) are subject to an additional fee, at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
  • 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.

Catering and Deliveries

  • Catering supplies for special events, props for film/photography shoots, etc., must be delivered as close to the event as possible and retrieved as soon as possible following the event.
  • Storage is not available.
  • Upon request, the Museum will provide a list of recommended caterers.

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.

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.
  • The cost of a tent, if needed, is the client’s responsibility.
  • A signed Rental Agreement and a non-refundable deposit of 30% are required to confirm the date.
  • A damage deposit of $500 (or as determined by the Executive Director) is due at time of 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.

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, such coverage is at the discretion of the Executive Director.
  • If required, a proof of insurance must be submitted prior to the event.