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Frequently Asked Questions

When can I have an event at the Science Museum of Minnesota?
Call (651) 221-2550 for hours. Museum and facility rentals are closed Thanksgiving Day and December 25.

How do you reserve event space at the Science Museum of Minnesota?
We will be happy to hold your requested date for 5 days. At the end of that time, the Science Museum requires a signed contract and deposit, which must be returned one week from the time you receive the contract.

How can I be guaranteed that my date has been booked?
To book your space, we require a signed contract with a non-refundable deposit. The remaining balance of the estimated bill is due four (4) business days prior to your event.

What are my catering options?
The Science Museum has an exclusive catering contract with Lancer Catering. Lancer Catering is a full service Twin Cities catering company with exclusive arrangements at some of the areas most spectacular venues – the Science Museum of Minnesota, Edinburgh USA, the Minnesota Zoo and Como Zoo & Conservatory.

Lancer Catering has a well-known reputation for exceptional events, outstanding food and superb service. Whether you are planning a lavish sit-down dinner, an elegant buffet or an elaborate hors d'oeuvres presentation, we will assist you in selecting the right menu to suit the style and vision of your event. Our professional staff works to ensure that every aspect of your event is executed with the highest standards of professionalism and class.

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All food and liquor must be prepared and supplied by Lancer Catering. Neither the client nor guests may bring in or remove any food or beverages from the premises. Due to health department regulations, food and beverage not consumed become the property of Lancer Catering.

Is smoking or drinking allowed at the Science Museum of Minnesota?
Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the Science Museum of Minnesota. There are designated smoking areas outside of the building.
Alcohol is permitted in the museum in all event spaces and, with restrictions, in other areas.

Room charges and food and beverage minimums
Food and beverage minimums and room rental charges are based on the size of the room booked. We can accommodate groups ranging from 10 guests to a maximum of 1200 guests.

Each event also has a minimum charge for food and beverage. If you cannot meet the food and beverage minimum designated for the room you have booked, an additional charge will be applied to your final invoice.

What staffing is included in my event?
Your event fees include the staff required to host your event. The Science Museum reserves the right to require security on any event serving alcoholic beverages. In addition, there may be charges for media tech staff and other staff needs including additional security and staff after normal museum operating hours.

What equipment is available for use during my event?
Audiovisual supplies are available through the Science Museum. All charges will be added to the customer's account. Any additional audiovisual equipment or tables that the Science Museum does not own will be rented at an additional cost. To ensure availability of audiovisual equipment without an additional charge, 48 hours notice is required. If you require a tech staff during your event or have an AV set-up that requires specific support, there will be an additional charge for that support. Your sales staff can help you determine how much AV support you might need.

Are there any restrictions on decorations?
Clients are responsible for the distribution and collection of all materials and decorations provided by the client. All decorations need to be pre-approved by the museum's facility sales department and Lancer Catering. Please note that birdseed, glitter, rice, and confetti may not be used. Ceiling draping is contracted only through Lancer Catering.

Parking at the Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota has its own parking ramp connected to the building. For hosted parking, vouchers for your guests can be arranged through Lancer Catering. When special events are being held in downtown St. Paul, higher event-parking rates are in effect.

Reserve your space today! Fill out our Information Request Form or call the Science Museum's Facility Rental Department at (651) 221-2550.