Parties and Rentals

Birthday Parties

We do not offer birthday parties during the Museum's open hours. If you would like to host a party, please consider a facility rental as described below.

Facility Rentals

Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, baby shower, or other special occasion with an after-hours rental of the Discovery Museum! Rent one room, one floor, the whole Museum building, or our entire campus including Discovery Woods and our 550sf accessible Discovery Treehouse for a very special and memorable event. 

Accommodations and pricing are flexible, making the Museum a convenient option for many types and sizes of events including parties, family gatherings, adult-only events, company meetings and celebrations, school family nights, and more.

Evening Rentals at a Glance

  • Rent the entire Discovery Museum campus, or choose selected portions
  • Our Museum building offers 13,000 sq. ft. on three floors, fully accessible and ADA-compliant
  • Accommodations range from up to 30 to 300+ people
  • Add Discovery Woods and the Discovery Treehouse to your rental for an additional fee
  • Fun, hands-on exhibits for children and adults can be the main attraction, or an interesting backdrop to your event
  • Minimum rental is 2 hours; additional hours available
  • Easily accessible from major highways
  • Free parking for 130 cars
  • We are happy to provide a list of approved caterers
  • Alcohol may be served with an insurance rider or by using an insured bartender


Prices begin at $900 ($720 for members). Rent a meeting room, the Museum's first floor, or the full building for your event—you can even add on Discovery Woods! Every event is unique and prices are determined by the spaces you use, the number of guests, and where food is served.

Museum Staff

Museum staff must be present for the entire event including set-up, the event itself, and clean-up. Staff will assist with orienting guests to the spaces and will engage guests in playing with the exhibits. If you need assistance carrying supplies to and from vehicles, arranging furniture, or serving food, please plan to bring that help with you.

Clean Up

After your event, we ask that you remove all decorations, leftover food, and personal items, and replace furniture if you have moved any. The Museum provides containers for trash, recycling, and compost so please be ready to sort your waste into these three streams during and at the close of your event. There will be signage to guide you and Museum staff available to answer any questions. Please consider using recyclable or compostable tableware if possible. and Museum staff will manage those containers at the end of your event. Museum staff also will clean the tables and floors and empty the waste bins after the event.

Deposits & Cancellation Policy

A deposit equal to 50% of the event cost is due at the time of booking. The deposit is refundable (minus a $100 fee) until 30 days prior to the event. The deposit is forfeited if the event is cancelled during the 30 days prior to the event. Events can be postponed and the deposit will be applied to the new date.

Booking or More Information

For more information or to schedule your rental, please contact kwatt [at] (Kathie Watt) at 978-264-4200 ext. 122, or fill out our Rental Booking Request form.

Ready to book your rental?