Facility Rentals

Facility Rentals

MOR is the go-to location in Bozeman for graduations, networking meetings, staff retreats, award ceremonies, and private parties. Treat your guests to a one-of-a-kind experience by including a private planetarium show or exclusive viewing of our masterfully curated exhibition halls such as the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, Paugh History Hall, or our current changing exhibition.

By choosing Museum of the Rockies as your special event location, proceeds from the rental fees will go supporting our mission of inspiring life-long learning in science, history, culture, and art; advancing knowledge through collections, research and discovery; and presenting engaging, vibrant exhibits, and educational opportunities.

MOR Business members receive a 10 to 20% discount on facility rentals.

To check availability or get additional information about hosting your event at the museum, please complete this simple form or contact the Facility Rental Manager via morrentals@montana.edu or by calling 406.994.5276.

Frequently Asked Questions

The 220-seat Hager Auditorium features a smart podium, giant screen, sound system, and Epson LCD projector.

The elegant Bair Lobby (main lobby) with views of the Bridger Mountain Range can host standing receptions up to 150 guests or seated event up to 80 guests. Banquet, round or cocktail tables available. Bar setup space is available at the front desk.

Janke Executive Boardroom is accommodating up to 28 people. It includes a traditional 20-person conference table with upholstered armchairs and eight additional chairs to one side. There is a moveable service bar, a small sink, and a pull-down screen.

A versatile Seminar Room with a beautiful mountain view. There is seating for 18 with variable table and chair configurations.

The presentation-ready Redstart Classroom can be used for classes and seminars as well as receptions and luncheons. There is room for 120 standing, 80 seated lecture, or 60 seated banquet style. There is a sink, and a variety of table and chair options are included.

Rent one or more of our exhibit spaces or schedule a private Taylor Planetarium show for your party or conference after regular visitor hours.

Meeting spaces are available during and after museum business hours. The Bair Lobby, exhibit halls, and the entire museum can be rented when the museum is closed to the public. For times and rates, please read our Facility Use Agreement. MOR business hours can be found on our Plan Your Visit page. You are welcome to bring in food from any caterer or restaurant.

Please download this form to complete and return via email to morrentals@montana.edu. Please call 406.994.5276 with any questions.

Tours of rental spaces are available Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Site visits can be scheduled with the Facility Rental Manager. Please make an appointment to ensure that the space you are interested in is open for viewing.

Designated spaces in the museum are available for rent by associations and individuals on a space-available basis. MOR does not generally provide space for political or religious events, profit-making activities, fundraisers for other organizations, or any activities that do not align with the museum's mission. If you have questions regarding this policy or to make a reservation, please contact the Facility Rental Manager.

  • We offer room rentals for birthday parties located in the Seminar Room for two-hours and you must bring all of your party supplies with you (including linens, decorations, or party favors). We do not offer catering services. Please refer to our Birthday Party Form for pricing. Please download the form to complete and return.
  • Impromptu parties are discouraged in the common areas as a courtesy to other museum guests. Please contact the Facility Rental Manager to reserve a private space for your party.

Yes, please contact the Facility Rental Manager for information on formats that our system accommodates.

At this time, we are not hosting weddings at the museum but you can reserve space for rehearsal dinners and receptions.

Reservations must be booked a minimum of three weeks in advance of the event. However, we encourage you to reserve your date as soon as possible because available spaces do fill up. A 25% deposit is due upon booking to hold the reservation; the deposit is 100% refundable if a cancellation is made at least 30 days before the event.

Please contact the Facility Rental Manager to check date availability. If a date is open, we will hold the space for one week. During this week, you may confirm your event at the museum by signing the contract and paying a 25% deposit. At the end of the week, your hold will be canceled, and space will be opened to other rentals.

All rentals include at least one museum staff member who will act as your host for the evening and at least one security guard to ensure the safety of the building and collections. Museum staff will ensure the requested tables, chairs, and equipment are located within the rental space and will assist the renter with the setup and tear down of the tables and chairs. Please note that the museum does NOT have linens, dishes, etc., available for rent.

Basic custodial services are included in the rental fee, and it is the renters responsibility to leave rental areas, including the kitchen, if used, in a clean and orderly fashion. MOR staff will provide the renter with a cleaning kit if needed and a checklist at the end of the event. If the areas are not appropriately clean and orderly, a $50 cleaning fee will be assessed. Any questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Facility Rental Manager.

MOR will not open doors to your guests until your contracted event start time. Please advise your guests to come to the museum at the specified time.

No, you may use any catering company. A list of recommended caterers who have worked with the museum in the past is available by contacting the Facility Rental Manager. If the company you select has not worked with the museum before, we require that they meet with the Facility Rental Manager to review the event space and our policies and procedures before your event.

Yes, you are. However, the inclusion of alcohol in your event requires prior approval; please fill out the online Montana State University Alcohol Request Form, which will automatically be submitted to Montana State University’s Auxiliary Services, at least three weeks before your event date.

Alcohol must be supplied, prepared, and served by a licensed bartender under a caterer’s license. MOR does not provide catering or bartending services, but we can recommend businesses in Bozeman that you may hire.

No. The renter must provide all signage, sign holders, promotional items, table linens, dishes, stemware, cutlery, decorations, etc.

Unfortunately, the museum cannot accept any deliveries or shipments. All materials must be brought onsite by your vendors or staff on the day of the event.

Our comprehensive policies and procedures will be included in your contract. An electronic version is available here to review before contacting the Facility Rental Manager. The renter must submit a list of all outside vendors to the Facility Rental Manager no later than 30 days before the event to ensure adequate time for coordinating arrival and setup.

The museum permits still and video photography for non-commercial use only in its exhibitions, unless otherwise posted. For the safety of our visitors and collections, the use of tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks is not permitted at any time. Any questions may be directed to the Facility Rental Manager.

The museum provides a 15% discount to Montana State University entities, a 10% discount to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, and varying discount levels depending upon your MOR Business Membership level.