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The Natural History Museum of Utah illuminates the natural world and the place of humans within it. From the inspired architectural design of our building to our galleries, we are pleased to offer a unique environment for social programs and private events in a setting that promises to inspire awe.



To explore the possibilities of holding your private event at the Museum, call us at 801.587.5791 or email us now.

Ask about our nonprofit discount! 

See full map of Museum here. 


Catering | Full Museum | Canyon and Canyon Terrace | Gallery Experiences | Level 5 - Evening Events | Level 5 - Daytime Events | Additional Information | Wedding Receptions and Ceremonies



The Natural History Museum of Utah requires the use of an approved caterer. Click here to view an Approved Caterer list.

Alcohol Disclaimer: The serving of alcoholic beverages at private events is subject to our approval and is permitted only on a case-by-case basis. Upon receipt of the completed, appropriately initialed and signed Addendum, along with the signed Rental Contract, the request to serve alcohol will be forwarded to the University of Utah administration for review.  Signature by an authorized representative of NHMU evidences that permission has been granted by the University of Utah to have alcohol served at your Event, subject to the following terms and conditions.

Full Museum

Rent the entire Museum and receive exclusive evening access to the Canyon and Canyon Terrace, including all five levels of galleries. Your guests can experience the dinosaurs of Past Worlds, unveil Utah’s rich archaeology in First Peoples, walk through dramatic geology in Land, enjoy stunning views from Great Salt Lake and Sky, discover diversity in Life, and explore the stories of Utah’s American Indian peoples in Native Voices. 
Capacity :  1,500 Circulating | 400 Standing Reception | 272 to 328* Seated Dinner
Rental:  $11,000
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
*Removal of the Topographic Map required for larger number of tables at additional fee of $500.

The Canyon and Canyon Terrace 

As the signature space of the Museum, the Canyon offers dramatic architecture inspired by the slot canyons of southern Utah. Light plays off faceted walls that soar over a concrete floor inlaid with stones reminiscent of a streambed. To the west, the Canyon opens to sweeping views of the Salt Lake Valley through
a three-story glass wall. An adjacent outdoor terrace extends your guests’ experience, weather permitting.
Capacity :  400 Standing Reception  | 272 to 328* Seated Dinner 
Rental:  $5,000
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
*Removal of the Topographic Map required for larger number of tables at additional fee of $500.

Gallery Experience

Special Exhibit / Level 3

Offer your guests exclusive access to our Special Exhibitions Gallery featuring premier traveling exhibitions from museums across the country. Your guests will also enjoy our stunning permanent display of gems and minerals.

Explore 150 Million Years of Awesome / Levels 2-3

Your guests will stroll through four galleries and millions of years in Utah. They’ll marvel at Utah’s newly-discovered dinosaurs, transform the Great Salt Lake into prehistoric Lake Bonneville, discover some of the oldest objects made by Utah’s first inhabitants, and work together in an interactive game to shape a sustainable future.

Uniquely Utah / Levels 3-5

Your guests will explore five galleries showcasing Utah’s remarkable natural and cultural history. They’ll discover the lifeways of Utah’s ancient peoples, our state’s stunning landscapes and astounding biological diversity, the vibrant cultures of native people living here today, and the forces that shape our climate and weather.
Rental: $2,000 per Experience
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Level 5 Event Spaces

The Museum’s Level 5 Galleries and Swaner Forum offer spaces for smaller events, lectures, and business meetings.

Evening Events Level 5

Swaner Forum
An intimate reception, a pulsing nightclub, or a laid-back lounge—the versatile Swaner Forum can accommodate most any evening event you can envision. With the lights of the city spread beneath you, you can dine in elegance or dance the night away. The Swaner Forum comes equipped with built-in house sound, two screens, and LCD projectors.
Capacity : 150 Standing Reception l 80 Seated Dinner
Sky + Sky Terrace
Sky offers a panoramic view of the Salt Lake Valley as well as an indoor-outdoor interpretive space that invites your guests to interact with weather, atmosphere, and the stars.
Capacity :120 Standing Reception l 80 Seated Dinner
Native Voices
Designed in consultation with Utah’s American Indian communities, Native Voices interprets the deep history and contemporary cultures of Utah’s native peoples.
Rental: $3,000 All Level 5 
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Daytime Events Level 5

Swaner Forum
With breathtaking views and professional audiovisual equipment, the Swaner Forum is your perfect venue for board meetings, lectures, classroom sessions, seated breakfasts, or luncheons and receptions. The Swaner Forum is the only rental space available during regular Museum hours.
Capacity: 72 Seated Dinner l 150 Standing Reception | 150 Lecture l 36 Executive
Morning Rental: $550 
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Afternoon Rental: $550 
Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Rental: $550 
Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Full Day Rental: $1,000 
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

All Rentals Include:

  • Evening events may start as early as 6:30 p.m., set-up as early as 5:00 p.m., excluding Wednesdays.
  • The Gallery Experience packages are offered as a two-hour add-on to any Canyon or Level 5 rental starting as early as 5 p.m.
  • Guest parking (large events may require parking arrangements)
  • Dedicated event and IT staff
  • High-speed wireless Internet access
  • Setup/teardown of NHMU equipment
  • Riser, podium, and microphone
  • Conference tables (6’) and chairs
  • Cocktail tables (30”)
  • Banquet rounds (60”) and chairs (seat eight guests per table)
Rentals do not include admission to the galleries during the event with the exception of the Full Museum or Gallery Experience.

Wedding Receptions and Ceremonies


For wedding ceremony and reception rates and information, please contact us directly for a quote and site tour. 

Call us at 801.587.5791 or email us now.

Interested in holding a youth birthday party at the Museum? Contact Shelli Campbell at 801.585.3948 or by email.

Regretfully, the Natural History Museum of Utah does not accept bookings for high school dances.