Museum Rental Prices
Nature Exploration Center (NEC)
|NEC 1st Floor|
||Night Only (after 5pm)||$950|
|Exhibit Areas & Auditorium||
||Night Only (after 5pm)||$1,250|
|NEC 2nd Floor|
||Night Only (after 5pm)||$1,000|
|Exhibit Areas & Featured Exhibition Hall||
|NEC 3rd Floor|
||Night Only (after 5pm)||$1,200|
|NEC 4th Floor|
||Night Only (after 5pm)||$600|
|1st and 2nd Floors||
||850||Night Only (after 5pm)||$1,800|
|1st, 2nd, and 3rd Floors||
||1,300||Night Only (after 5pm)||$2,700|
|1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Floors||
||1,500||Night Only (after 5pm)||$3,100|
|Prices shown above are for a four-hour period of time between the hours of 6pm and 10pm (unless otherwise noted).|
Nature Research Center (NRC)
|NRC 1st Floor||
|NRC 2nd Floor||
|NRC 3rd Floor||
|NRC 4th Floor||
|*Prices shown above are for a four-hour period of time between the hours of 6pm and 10pm (unless otherwise noted).|
|William G. Ross Jr. Environmental Conference Center||
NCMNS Elopement Package
Elope today with the Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Let US help YOU Get Away. We invite you and up to 10 guests to a VIP Wedding celebration.
What You’ll Get:
- A safe, intimate wedding ceremony and reception venue for two hours.*
- Private admission to one floor of the Museum’s world-class permanent exhibits.*
- Custom, chef-prepared dining options from award-winning Rocky Top Catering featuring fresh, sustainable, local cuisine. Includes your choice of:
- Three (3) hors d’oeuvres and one (1) grazing station
- Petite desserts
- Wine and beer selections.*
- A one-year Museum membership for you and your future spouse.
- Tables, linens, chairs and disposable ware are included in rental fee.
Cost — $1,650
*Additional fees for featured add-ons:
- Champagne toast — $30
- Floral arrangements — $50
- Science programming — prices vary
- Additional Museum floors — $150 per floor
- Extended hour — $100
- Audiovisual for music and microphones — $50
For questions regarding rentals, please visit Rental Events Inquiries
Amenities and Additional Costs
Tables and Chairs
A limited number of tables and folding chairs is available at no additional charge.
Membership in Friends of the Museum is required to rent the Museum. Non-members will be billed for a membership and will enjoy full benefits of a one-year Individual+1 level membership including free admission to more than 300 science museums worldwide, discounts in Museum Stores and cafes, and more. Visit naturalsciences.org/membership for more details.
All after-hours events require security officers beginning half an hour before your event time and ending half an hour after your event ends. In consultation with the client, staff will determine the number of officers needed and arrange their scheduling. The additional cost is $40 per hour per officer with a three hour minimum.
Audiovisual Equipment and Technician Fees
Audiovisual equipment is available throughout the Museum. Requests for A/V needs are required 30 days prior to the event. A full list of equipment, pricing and technician fees is available upon request.
Through this service Museum educators interact with your guests and invite them to explore a captivating array of natural objects, specimens and other materials. Programs on a wide variety of natural science topics are available. Full list of programs provided upon request.
Museum Store and Nature Art Gallery
The Museum Store may be available to stay open late for after-hours events for an additional fee. Requests to have the Museum Store open during your event are due by two months prior to your event date in order to determine scheduling. Please check with the Museum Rental Coordinator for pricing information and availability.
Rocky Top Catering
Jeff Besselman, Catering Sales Manager
Kevin DeHimer, Catering Director
Rocky Top Catering is committed to making your next function a memorable experience. We will not settle for the ordinary, and neither should you. That is why we offer an array of options for any private party you want to host, be it a wedding rehearsal dinner, a smaller celebration or a corporate event.
We work with you in creating a menu to meet your tastes, cultural influences and themes.
All Prices are Subject to Change
For more information or to schedule a site visit, please contact the Museum rental coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or access the online Virtual Site Visit Scheduler to make an appointment today.