Rates & Details

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Current Rental Rates

Basic rental rates are listed here. This is one variable to calculate in the overall cost of your event. One variable that you cannot calculate is service! WSHS event clients report consistently high satisfaction with our competent and friendly staff, the attractive architecture and unique setting, the opportunity to include gallery access with interesting exhibitions, and the memorable experience provided to their guests. 

Your event at WSHS will reflect your tastes and needs. We can assist in connecting you with local vendors and resources to craft an event that guests will reflect on for years to come. Give us a call or make an appointment to meet with our team. We look forward to working with you!

 Rental Space   Capacity    Monday - Thursday
cost per hour 
 Friday - Sunday
cost per hour 
     Seated     Standing     
 Activity Room 50 75 $50 $75
 Lunchroom 20   $35 $35
 Amphitheater and Plaza* 250 350 $150 $175
 Auditorium* 250   $150 $175
 Odlin Lobby (fifth floor 
 near boardroom)*
40 70 $75 $100
 Mezzanine* 150 170 $175 $200
 Grand Lobby** 80 200 $150 $175
 Boardroom* 30 50 $80 $100
 Additional Fees
 Cleaning Fee $200
 Security, Set Up, Break Down $250 for up to 200 guests; 
$100 additional if more than 200 guest
 AV Equipment
 Microphones, projector, screen, laptop,  
 portable sound system
$25 per space using equipment 
 Hosted parking  $3 per vehicle
 *These spaces require a four-hour minimum rental
 ** The Grand Lobby is available beginning 30 minutes after the museum closes to the public,
 and requires a four-hour minimum rental.
 Is your event for a nonprofit organization or government agency? Discounts may apply.












Additional Details


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 cleaning fee of $200 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 must be fire-resistant. Decorations are not allowed in the exhibit galleries. Submit decorating plans to the History Museum's event coordinator for pre-approval 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

Your facility rental includes up to two hours of access to exhibition galleries. Renters have the choice of the Great Hall of Washington History located on the main floor, or the featured exhibition galleries, located on the fifth floor. If you'd like access to all of the galleries and/or more time for your visitors to enjoy the galleries, please let us know, we can arrange that for an additional fee.

For more information, contact Mark Sylvester at 253-798-5891 or