Rates & Details

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Current Rental Rates



Tables & chairs, use of available audio/visual equipment, pre-event planning assistance,  an on-site event coordinator, and Security Services personnel.


All spaces are available after museum open hours and some spaces are available during open hours.  Please refer to the rental fee chart for space availability and applicable rates.

Advanced Bookings

Spaces can be booked up to two years in advance.


Clients may select a pre-approved caterer from an authorized list or have a caterer of their choice complete a pre-qualifying application to provide catering services at the History Museum. Catering services must be provided by a licensed, professional catering firm. No personal food or beverage items are allowed.

Coat Room

An unattended coatroom with securable lockers is available to your guests. The WSHS is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


Facility rental fees are based on the space being used, day and time of use, length of use, and any special requirements. A 25% non-refundable rental deposit is required at the time your reservation is confirmed. Tentative reservations cannot be accepted due to the volume of booked events and school/group tours. Full payment is required two weeks in advance of the reservation. A General Use/Damage Deposit of $300 may be required and is refundable if all conditions of the contract are met, there are no late fees, and no  damages to the building or grounds occurred from the event. A General Cleaning Fee of $100 will be  applied to all catered rentals. Clients may choose a caterer from our list of pre-approved caterers or have a caterer of their choice complete a pre-qualifying application to provide catering services at the History Museum. Some restrictions do apply.


Decorating services are the responsibility of the renter. The History Museum does not allow the following items under any circumstance: helium-filled balloons, open flames (excluding votive-type candles), glitter, confetti, rice, birdseed, asparagus fern, plant berries, and freshly cut garden flowers or branches.  (Flowers must come from a licensed florist and be guaranteed pest free.) Decorations are not allowed in the exhibit galleries and must be fire-resistant. Decorating plans are to be submitted to the History Museum's event coordinator and pre-approved prior to the event.


All event deliveries and removals must be scheduled in advance with the History Museum’s event coordinator and/or Security Services. Security Services personnel will not accept unscheduled deliveries.

Exhibit Galleries

Two hours of gallery viewing is included in your facility rental. Renters have the choice of the Great Hall of Washington History located on the main floor or the featured galleries located on the fifth floor. Both galleries and additional viewing time are available for an additional fee.


For more information, contact Mark Sylvester, Head of Support Services, at 253-798-5891 or