Frequently Asked Questions about Rentals and Events
Do I need to be a Museum member to rent space for my event?
No, anyone can rent space at TMA.
Do you offer discounts to members of AAA, the military, etc.?
We offer a discount only to TMA President’s Council and Business Council members.
What are your rental prices?
The cost to rent gallery space at the Museum is based on a number of factors, including which space(s) is to be rented, on which day, during what time of day and time of year. Once we have preliminary information about your event and your needs, we can calculate the cost.
What’s included in the rental fee?
Gallery space, tables and chairs, setup and teardown, and security.
Do you charge for cake cutting service?
No, we perform that service free of cost.
How do I reserve space at the Museum?
Contact us to discuss your event. We’ll send you a contract, which you’ll sign and return along with a non-refundable deposit for half the cost of your event. The remainder of the cost will be due one week prior to the event date. The Museum accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Can I place a “hold” on a space/event at TMA?
Due to demand for rental space in the Museum, we cannot hold space without a set date and deposit payment.
How far in advance can I book my event?
Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis up to 12 months in advance.
At what time can I have my event?
Public galleries and spaces can be rented when the Museum is closed to the public. Meeting rooms and spaces can be rented at any time. See when all spaces are available at Galleries & Meetings Spaces.
Can I stop by to check out the TMA spaces? Do I need an escort?
You are welcome to visit the Museum and Glass Pavilion public spaces any time during public hours. You do not need an appointment or an escort to preview locations for an event. It is a good idea to check with Special Events that the spaces you want to view are not reserved during the time of your visit.
Can I hold both my wedding and reception at the Museum?
You can schedule your ceremony, your reception, or both at the Main Museum and/or the Glass Pavilion. Rehearsal dinners can also be scheduled. Note: The Glass Pavilion is not conducive for ceremonies.
Can I hold my wedding outside? Is there a contingency plan for rain?
Ceremonies for up to 200 guests can be held outside depending on time of day and season, and would be moved to the Peristyle Lobby in the event of rain. If other gallery space is scheduled as a backup, an additional rental fee will apply.
What’s the parking situation at the Museum?
There is ample parking available to accommodate your guests, both behind the Main Museum and next to the Glass Pavilion.
Are there any restrictions in renting Museum space?
The following are prohibited in all galleries: red wine, glitter, confetti, birdseed, bubbles, balloons, open flames, candles, and live animals. Food and drink are prohibited in the Great Gallery.
What types of events CAN’T I hold at the Museum?
Fundraisers for organizations other than TMA; proms; fraternity and sorority formals; auctions; and political, religious and promotional events will not be scheduled at the Museum. High school reunions are permitted.
What types of vendors can I choose myself?
Catering and bar services are provided exclusively by TMA. We also have a list of approved florists. You may choose your own DJ/band, photographer, and other providers. Please note that the Museum has final approval of all vendors.
Who is my contact for food and beverage?
Contact Amanda Scasny (x7600) or Maricarmen Westmark (x7604). The Museum does not offer a strictly Kosher menu.
Can we serve alcohol at our event?
Yes, the Museum has a liquor license and is the sole provider of alcohol on the premises.
Can I add tours, glassblowing demos, or other Museum activities to my event?
Of course! The TMA Special Events Office will facilitate arrangements for such activities upon request. You can also arrange for a private viewing of one or more of the galleries during your event.