Museum Event Space

Garden Court

The Garden Court is the May Center's indoor tropical retreat. Housed in the Museum's north wing, this lush indoor garden area is accented with several waterfalls, two ponds stocked with koi, goldfish, and turtles, along with planting beds filled with exotic plants and flowers. The Garden Court is a relaxing retreat or a creative setting for private parties, receptions, luncheons and other special events. Also includes the back patio and the first lower outdoor garden.

Dimensions: approximately 3,100 square feet
Capacity: 550 people standing
             400 people theater seating
             200 people tables & chairs

COST: $175 per hour (2 hour minimum) 

Want to see more pictures? See our album of recent Garden Court weddings here:!

Double Diamond Room

This square room offers a lovely view overlooking the Wilbur D. May Arboretum. The room's back doors can be opened to an outside landing with wrought iron patio table and chairs. This room also includes access to the commercial kitchen and a large pull-down projector screen. This room can only be rented as an add-on to the Garden Court.

Dimensions: approximately 1,350 square feet - will accommodate about 85 people seated at 10 tables; standing capacity is about 200.

Cost: $75 per hour

David's Discovery Room

This square room is located directly across the hall from the Double Diamond Room. It offers complete privacy and more space. It has a small row of windows, but no outdoor access. This room can only be rented as an add-on to the Garden Court.

Dimensions: approximately 1,400 square feet - will accommodate about 93 people seated at 11 tables; standing capacity is about 200.

Cost: $75 per hour


With access from either the Garden Court or the Double Diamond Room, the commercial kitchen features a large refrigerator, three stainless steel sinks, a hand sink, a commercial dishwasher, three stainless steel work tables, plus a six burner stove, two ovens, and a broiler. Caterers have drive-up access to the kitchen. (Please note: The kitchen is only available with additional room rental.)

Cost: $100 flat rate (not per hour)



*All rentals require a $500 refundable cleaning deposit. 

*All rentals require an after hour fee of $25 per hour after 4pm.


Furniture provided at no additional cost:

- White padded chairs (approx. 200 available)
- (x16) 60" round tables (seat 8 people)
- (x1) 45" round cake table
- (x15) 6'x30" rectangular tables (seat 8 people)
- (x4) 4' round wrought iron tables, each with four matching chairs
- (x1) Portable bar with skirting
Outside furniture rentals are allowed, however, you must make arrangements for the vendor to pick up those items at the end of your event.

Interested? Contact Us

Pick up a rental packet and ask for a tour. No appointment is needed. Just come by the museum during normal business hours: Wednesday - Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 4 p.m.

* Reservations can be made one year in advance from the current date
* Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance 

You can call us at 775-785-5961.