Extraordinary Events. Extraordinary Place.
At the Museum of Life and Science, we strive to bring wonder-filled moments to each visitor of the Museum. It is our pleasure to do the same for each attendee of your special event. With a variety of indoor/outdoor venues including a special events tent and large meeting space, the Museum offers affordable options for every team-building meeting or professional conference.
Daytime Rental Options
Mercury Meeting Room & Special Events Tent: 8:00am–5:00pm
Evening Rental Options
All venue spaces: 6:30pm*–1:00am
*Because the Museum is open to the public until 5pm, evening rentals start at 6:30pm or later to allow for proper cleaning and set-up.
- Custom Packages
- Set-up and take-down time provided free of charge
- Free parking
Want to see the wonder of our venue options in person? Site tours are available Tuesday through Friday by appointment only.
Rental Packages Include:
- Event rental time
- Early access to set-up and takedown
- Cleaning fee
- Banquet tables and chairs
You are welcome to bring your own decorations but must advise the Rentals team of the items prior to delivery. Contact us for more details and items we do not allow onsite.
Beer, wine and champagne are permitted. Special policies and procedures apply. Contact us for full details.
It is important that the Museum works with professionals who have demonstrated respect and have agreed to adhere to the Museum's Rentals Policies and Procedures. As such, the Museum requires you to select a caterer from the Approved Caterer List for your event. These companies have demonstrated an outstanding level of service and consistently provide high-quality food. You can see that list here.
Add-ons & Services
Animal Encounter, $125*: The Museum has a variety of animals for your guests to meet and touch! A Museum Educator will bring up to three of our animals to meet your guests and answer questions. Specific animal availability may change. *Rate is for one handler for one hour.
Butterfly Release, $75: Your very own private release of newly emerged butterflies into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory. You might even get one to land on you!
Child Care, $100/2hrs: Provide your guests with the added comfort of having one of our Museum Educators entertain the kids at your event! Educators have cleared background checks and also work our birthday parties and summer camp programs. Kids can enjoy hands-on activities, explore Museum exhibits, and eat dinner together. Children ages 3 and older, please.
Train Rides, $255: Enjoy a thrilling ride on our Ellerbe Creek Railway train through the park. For evening events, the train runs for an hour making as many trips through campus as will fit in the hour. Train rides for daytime events are also available - just ask for details and available times!
Liquid Nitrogen Edible Creations, $150**: Add a little wonder to your cocktail hour! Our Museum Educator will use liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze beverage ingredients of your choice to make delectable frozen cocktails and treats! **Prices includes non-alcoholic ingredients.
Scavenger Hunt, $100-150***: Send your guests on an interactive scavenger hunt throughout the Museum. We have a variety of hunts to choose from to cater to all ages and levels of difficulties. Once your guests complete the hunt they can turn it in to earn their KNOW WONDER badge (Badges can be customized to include your company logo.) ***Hunts are only available for groups with less than 90 people.
Rentals Inquiry Form