1. How much is the rental fee?
$1,500 for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday Wedding Reception. Holiday weekends are $1,800.
See Price List for daytime and other pricing.
2. What does that include?
Tables, chairs, set up, tear down, access to the patio, use of the preparation kitchen, access to the Galleries
for the first hour of your event
3. How many does the Community Room seat?
Plated meals seats 200 (without dance floor) 150 (with dance floor)
Buffet seats 200 (without dance floor) 150 (with dance floor)
Cocktail Receptions seats 300-350
4. What about bar service?
All alcohol is purchased through the Museum. Bartenders are $75 each for the evening. A Bar Busser at
$8.50/hour is required for parties of 100 or more. You may configure the bar any way you wish – all
cash, all sponsored, combination of both. See Price List of bar service.
5. May I bring an outside caterer?
Yes, as long as they are licensed and approved by the Museum. The Museum does have a catering
company, Chamleon Caterers that runs The Granary Restaurant at the Museum but you are not required to
6. How long may the event go?
The building must be secured by 1:00 am – so last call will be no later than 11:30 pm
7. What are the arrangements for payment?
A non-refundable deposit of $750.00 is required at contract signing. The balance plus damage deposit of
$300.00 is required two weeks prior to the event. The damage deposit will be refunded once the building
has been inspected, no damage done and has been cleared.
8. Can my ceremony be in the Rose Garden or the Rotunda?
Yes, but you must reserve through the Parks office at 517-788-4040
9. Do you offer linens?
Yes, but they are very basic. Specialty linens should be rented through your caterer, decorator or rental
10. What is the Museum’s policy for alcoholic beverages?
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission requires that all alcohol be purchased through the Museum.
Clients and their guests may not bring in any alcohol or take it out of the building except in the fenced
patio area. Any person or guests refusing to follow these directives will be asked to leave the premises
immediately and the client will forfeit ALL their damage deposit. There are NO exceptions to this policy.
There will be security on the premises.
11. Will I be allowed tie to decorate the room before my event?
Typically we are able to arrange up to 2 to 3 hours time for you to decorate for your event. This has to be
done during normal business hours of the Museum. Special arrangements can be made for additional
time or during off hours at an additional fee. If the Museum has the room available the day before, you
may be able to decorate during the normal business hours of the Museum. If decorating on Saturday, you
must make arrangements if coming in before 11:00 am.