What kind of tables & chairs do you have?
We have your standard 6 foot rectangle banquet tables & brown metal folding chairs to accommodate seating for 128 guests (16 tables & 128 chairs). If you are having more guests you can rent extra tables & chairs or if you prefer round tables, you can rent them from any rental place like Dover Rent-all.
Does the Museum provide catering?
No, the museum does not provide food or beverages. Persons renting space at the museum and grounds can bring their own food or hire a caterer. We do ask that you & your guests be very careful of spills on our carpets. Or you could accrue a $50 carpet cleaning fee.
Are there discounts for renting multiple rooms?
Yes, please email for a quote.
We are a non profit charity, can we hold our event at your museum for free or at discounted rates? Sadly, no. We are a non profit organization and depend on event fees to keep our doors open.
How late do you rent?
We do not rent past 10pm.
How early can we get in to set up?
Depending on if there are any events in the room you are renting, you may be able to decorate the day before or earlier the day of between the hours of 10am-3pm for no extra charge. There is a staffing fee of $25 per hour for building access outside of our normal business hours.
Is there WIFI or Internet access?
No. We suggest you bring a "hot spot device" if you NEED internet access for your event.
Do you have a screen for presentations?
Only in our meeting/conference room. You can also use one of the walls as a screen in the South Gallery.
Do you have a kitchen?
If you want access to our small kitchen that is an extra flat fee of $50. It has a refrigerator, freezer, sink, microwave and stove top (no oven use). If you are hiring a caterer you will want to check with them to see if they they shouldn’t need access to the kitchen. They are usually self-sufficient and come with everything they need.
Can we serve alcohol?
If you are going to charge for alcohol or sell tickets to an event that is serving alcohol, you will need a Gathering Permit. You will have to contact:
Office of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner
Carvel State Office Building
820 French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
You do NOT need a gathering permit if you are not charging for alcohol.
We have a small bar you can rent for $25. It's an actual drink bar on wheels that you can serve beverages from behind. It measures 5' Long x 39" High x 17" Deep. We do not supply alcohol OR bar tenders.
Can I decorate?
Yes, be as creative as you want. However, helium balloons need to be securely attached to weights. We have high ceilings and if one gets free and starts to fall in the middle of the night it will set off our security system. No holes, staples or sticky tape on our walls. Command "brand" makes hooks & hangers that can be easily removed without harming walls.
What does clean up consist of and how long does it usually take? Clean up after your event consists of clearing all tables & the floor of trash and decorations. For your convenience, you will be supplied trash cans and liners for your event and clean up purposes. We suggest a minimum of 1 hour for clean up. The more decorations you bring, the longer it will take. It will also take longer if you did not hire a caterer. If you run past your designated end time, there is a $25 fee for every 30 minutes you run over so please recruit enough "clean up" helpers.
Can the picnic tables be moved outside?
Unfortunately, no. To preserve the life of the wooden picnic tables, they must be kept inside.
Do you have a podium, microphone & sound system?
We have a podium. We do not have other a/v equipment, you will need to bring your own microphones, speakers, etc.
Do you have table covers or linens?
No. Persons renting space are required to provide table covers (the disposable type is fine).
Are there any additional fees?
If your event starts or ends outside normal hours of operation (Tues – Sat 10am-3pm), there is an additional staffing/utility fee of $25 per hour. We do not rent past 10pm. However, you can clean up from 10-11pm.
Will my guests be able to tour the Museum?
If your event is during Museum business hours, yes for FREE! If the Museum is closed, you will only have access to the room(s) you rented. Tour guides may be available for an additional fee. Fees are listed on our website.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Checks, Cash or Credit cards.
Do I have to sign anything?
Yes, we have a rental agreement that needs to be signed by both parties.
When is the guest count due? Your final guest count (number of attendees expected) is due no later than 3 days before your event and your set up is due when you sign the rental agreement or no later than 30 days before your event.
How much money do I need to put down?
We require a $50 NON REFUNDABLE deposit to hold your date & time. It does get deducted from your total rental cost. If you need to re-schedule your event, your deposit may transfer. If there is drinking & dancing in a carpeted room you may be required to put down a carpet cleaning deposit of $50. It will be refunded if there aren't any spills. If we did not charge you a deposit and there ends up being stains from spills, you may be charged the carpet cleaning fee after your event. So please take special care in asking your guests to be careful.