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Private Events FAQ

What are your rental rates?

Please refer to our rental rates and capacities PDF for a list of current pricing.

Does MOHAI offer any nonprofit/501(c)3 discount?

Yes. Nonprofit groups are extended 20% off the listed base rental rates. 501(c)3 groups are asked to provide their nonprofit designation letter from the IRS at the time of contracting.

Does MOHAI provide any tables, chairs, and AV with rental? What are the resources provided with your base rate?

Yes. Your facility rental includes a limited number of resources, including: twenty 60” round tables, twenty 6’ x 30” buffet tables, fourteen 30” round bistro tables, and 180 folding chairs. Basic AV is also included, consisting of projector, screen, wireless microphone, podium, and free WiFi. Event support staff will be arranged for facility oversight during events.

When is the earliest my event can start?

Start time depends entirely on headcount and spaces used. Since MOHAI is a public museum, large events that are held in public spaces such as the Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium, Boeing Centennial Terrace, or full facility/buyout, may begin no earlier than 6:30 pm for private guest entry. These parameters are set to allow for appropriate time to setup the venue after our public closure of 5 pm. For smaller events (<100 people) taking place in non-public spaces such as the Microsoft Lakefront Pavilion and/or Conference rooms, full daytime rentals may begin as early as 8 am. You may refer to our online events page to explore space descriptions and capacities.

Do I need to use one of your caterers, or may I choose my own?

You will need to choose from among our list of exclusive caterers only. Current MOHAI policy precludes the use of any catering service outside of this list. MOHAI’s Events Management team would be happy to make recommendations from our list if needed.

May I self-cater or have a potluck style meal at my event?

No. MOHAI does not allow self-catering or potluck meals. Please select from among our exclusive caterers for food and beverage services.

Can any of your caterers provide kosher/halal meals and have access to a kosher kitchen?

Many of our caterers can subcontract with kosher/halal providers and kosher kitchens. We will ask that you contact our exclusive caterers directly to make inquiries about these arrangements.

I have a preferred event date and would like to search availability. Do you have an online calendar?

Event requests and date availability searches can be made by completing our event request form. Given the nature of our facility and number of requests we receive, our calendar is closely supervised by our Events Management team. We will review and respond to each request individually, generally within two business days.

Is access to the museum galleries included with facility rental?

Sometimes. Please note that gallery access refers to the exhibit spaces located above the 1st floor.

  • À la carte space rental does not include gallery access for after-hours events, but access may be arranged for an additional fee. Gallery access fees are priced per-person, based on the full estimated attendance at the time of booking, with a minimum charge of $1,000.00.
  • After-hours, full museum buyouts WILL include gallery access as part of the overall base rate.
  • Gallery access is also included free-of-charge for rentals taking place in the Microsoft Lakefront Pavilion and/or Conference Room(s) during our 10 am—5 pm business hours. As above, any after-hours rental of these spaces will incur charges for gallery access.

I’m worried about parking for our guests. Is there a private lot available? What are my options?

Since MOHAI is located in the middle of a public park, we do not have reserved parking onsite. For evening events, however, clients may choose to contract with our exclusive valet partner, Four Park Avenue Valet. For self-parking, MOHAI visitors and event guests can park at the nearby AGC building and the museum will provide validations for a reduced per-car flat rate (currently $10). There are also nearby parking lots that offer reduced rates after 5 pm. Please take a look at our directions and parking page for a map and area options.

For guests with mobility issues, MOHAI can provide limited onsite parking spaces for those with an ADA placard. Please refer to our directions for ADA parking.

Do you host weddings at MOHAI?

MOHAI is able to host wedding receptions only.

I’d love to plan an event in the surrounding park outside of your facility. Is this possible?

MOHAI does not have jurisdiction over the use of Lake Union Park, which is overseen by the City of Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation. We recommend you contact Seattle Parks and Recreation directly to learn more.

Can I dock/moor a boat at Lake Union Park during my event?

Our neighbors at the Center for Wooden Boats oversee moorage at the park. Please contact CWB at info@cwb.org for further information or to make arrangements.

I’m interested in holding my child’s birthday party at MOHAI. Can you accommodate this?

For birthday parties of 10 or more guests, we would encourage booking a group visit which would extend a discounted rate for adult admission to the museum. Children ages 14 years or younger are regularly extended free admission. MOHAI does not have appropriate private space that can be rented for children’s birthday parties. However, our public café can provide table seating on a first-come, first-served basis, and informal picnics and gatherings often occur outside during the summer in Lake Union Park. Please do not bring cakes, balloons, or outside food and beverage into any spaces at the museum.

Does MOHAI host proms or school dances/socials?

Yes and no. MOHAI does host high school proms. Please feel free to contact the MOHAI Event Management team at events@mohai.org for further information and prom guidelines. MOHAI does not host student groups for university dances or socials.

Does MOHAI have any restrictions on décor?

Yes. Since MOHAI is an historic site that houses an extensive and delicate collection, there are limitations on certain items allowed inside of the building for the sake of care and conservation for the artifacts and facility. Restricted items include, but are not limited to; open flame, helium balloons, potted plants, taping or tacking items to walls or surfaces, glitter, feathers, birdseed or rice.

Who can I speak to about hosting events at MOHAI?

Event requests and date availability searches can be made by completing our event request form. For special requirements or questions, MOHAI’s Events Management team can be reached at events@mohai.org.

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