Question about hosting an event at HMNS?
What kind of events can the Museum accommodate?
Some typical events include: Seated dinners, cocktail receptions, meetings, weddings, galas, award ceremonies, client appreciation events, bar and bat mitzvahs, etc.
What is the maximum capacity of the Museum for an event?
The Museum can accommodate up to 500 guests for a cocktail reception and up to 350 for a seated dinner.
What is the earliest time my event can start?
During the summer months, the earliest events can typically begin is at 7:00 p.m. and the rest of the year at 6:00 p.m. Classrooms and meeting spaces are available for rentals during the day.
What are the steps in planning an event at the Museum?
Can I use my own caterer?
No, you must use one of the Museum’s exclusive catering companies who are familiar with serving in this unique setting.
Can alcohol be served at my event?
Yes. Our caterers are full service catering companies, so you may use them for both your food and beverage needs. Please contact them directly for more information.
Is red wine allowed?
What information should I have ready when I contact the caterer?
Let the caterer know your anticipated date, guest count, and budget. Budget is one of the most important pieces of information, as it assists the caterer in providing you a more accurate proposal. Also, have an idea of whether you want a seated dinner, a buffet, food stations or a cocktail reception. Please access the Catering Information page for definitions of each event type and catering contact information. The more details you can provide the better.
How do I secure a date for my special event?
Return your signed contract and deposit to secure a date.
What does the rental fee include for evening events?
For evening events, the rental fee includes security, house staff and building manager. The fee does not include food, beverage and equipment such as tables, chairs, linens, etc. All of those items are an additional cost and are handled by the Museum’s caterer you select. Please contact the caterers directly for that information.
What unique features of the Museum can be combined with a reception, dinner, or meeting?
To make your event extra special, explore a special exhibit, add a tour guide, participate in one of our custom designed corporate teambuilding exercises or view a film in our Digital Dome Theater.
Do you offer any event package options?
We customize the event according to your event needs.
How is parking handled?
The Museum offers self-parking in the Museum’s parking lot. If you would like valet parking, this service would be an additional cost and can be arranged through any of our catering companies. Please contact the caterers directly for information on costs.
Can my event be the only event in the building?
Do my guests have access to the entire Museum?
Yes. In Sugar Land, your guests have access to all exhibit halls and public areas.
Do you offer any A/V equipment or do I supply my own?
The Museum has a limited amount of A/V items that can be provided. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Can I have a band or D.J. at my event?
Yes, there are several locations throughout the Museum where a band or D.J. can set up.
Do you offer non-profit discounts or corporate sponsorship discounts?
When can I arrange for a site visit?
Site visits are available with the Museum Monday-Friday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.