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The River Museum can help you create all the details for the perfect event, from beautiful tables to a delicious menu served by our exclusive caterer. Choose from ideal settings for indoor or outdoor ceremonies, mingling over cocktails, receptions, or dancing the night away.

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Private Events

Your next event – wedding, corporate gathering, family reunion, or holiday party – will wow your guests when you hold it at the River Museum. Let the unique exhibits, galleries, and outdoor spaces provide an incredible backdrop to the festivities. With ample amenities, an exclusive caterer, and available event enhancements, we’re confident your next event will be as easy to plan as it is unforgettable.

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Birthday Parties

Looking for something different beyond the same old birthday party routine? Check out what we have to offer for your next celebration!

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Overnights Adventures

Friends, family, or scout groups - oh my! You've never had an overnight like this one! Grab your sleeping bag and pillow for an evening of exploration at the River Museum. Do crafts and games that are fun for all ages before meeting some of the animal residents that spend every night at the Museum. Top off the night with a movie in one of our theaters before tucking in for bed in front of one of our exhibits.

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Rental FAQs

How much is the sales tax?

The River Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so there is no tax on your event! Proceeds from your event help support the River Museum’s education and conservation efforts.

Is there a fee for parking?

Parking is free, and we have ample space for guests as well as limousines, trolleys, or coaches in the public lots outside our buildings.

Do you charge for setup, breakdown, or cleaning?

These items are included with your rental fee. Our staff will set up and take down everything for you, including decorations.

For outdoor events, do you accommodate for the weather?

When planning your event, we will develop a contingency plan in the event of inclement weather. We have on-site, indoor event and ceremony options.

How close is the River Museum to hotels?

There are several hotels within very easy walking distance of the River Museum. 

Do River Museum guests have access to my event space?

Most events are held when the River Museum is closed to the public. We have selected private spaces for events held during operating hours.

Can I hire an outside caterer?

We work exclusively with J&D Catering. Wedding cakes and specialty desserts are an allowed exception.

Can our guests visit the exhibits during our event?

With the exception of ceremony-only rentals, our galleries and aquariums located in the Mississippi River Discovery Center will be open for your guests to enjoy. Access to special exhibitions can also be permitted--ask for pricing details. 

Can we take photos throughout the campus?

Everyone is welcome to explore our campus for photos; however, certain buildings and locations are only accessible during regular business hours.

Is there a food and beverage minimum?

No, we do not require you to meet a food and beverage minimum.