Venue Options

The Florida Museum offers two rental spaces for events. You can rent one or both, depending on your needs. Private events may be scheduled between 5:30 and 11 p.m., every day.

Lighted mammoth at Passport 2015 


Denny Gallery

Our primary rental space is perfect for sit-down dinners, parties with dancing, receptions and presentations. The room has a drop-down screen, LCD projector and sound system, and can seat up to 150-180 depending on exhibit and table configuration.

Thompson Gallery

Featuring the Wall of Wings display, this area is an intimate space ideal for cocktail hours, small dinners and lectures. The room has an LCD projector and drop-down screen, and can seat 50 for a dinner or hold up to 100 for a reception.


Butterfly Rainforest

Make your event even more exciting by adding Butterfly Rainforest admission. You may even wish to hold your wedding ceremony in the Rainforest (up to 100 attendees)! Please note the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit may only be added to a gallery rental and cannot be rented on its own, and optimal rental dates are during observation of daylight saving time. Group admission starts at $325.

Featured Exhibit

The Museum hosts featured exhibits throughout the year that may be added to your gallery rental for your guests to explore.

First Colony: Our Spanish Origins (Oct. 17, 2015 - April 17, 2016) – $250

First Colony Logo mediumLong before Jamestown, Spaniards, free and enslaved Africans and Native Americans crafted our country’s first enduring European settlement — St. Augustine, in 1565. Discover the first colony through archaeology, history and the stories of people who lived there in this hands-on, interactive exhibition.

Wicked Plants: The Exhibit (May 14, 2016 - Jan. 15, 2017) - $400

Wicked Plants Exhibit- Logo

Step into a realm where plants hold the power. Poisonous, carnivorous or just plain nasty, experience some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals – without the risk of intoxication, addiction, dismemberment or other danger. Featuring more than 100 plants and thrilling two- and three-dimensional interactives, this eerie environment educates and entertains audiences with information about some of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Funded by the North Carolina Arboretum Society and the Creel-Harison Foundation.

New! Mammoth Lighting

Light the mammoth in a special color to complement your event theme! Choose from the following color options for an additional cost of only $25:

Orange, Red, Pink, Magenta, Purple, Blue, Light Blue, Teal, or Green

Past Events