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Morrill Hall Rental

Host an unforgettable event at Morrill Hall!
Call (402) 472-3779 or email morrillhall@unl.edu for more information.

Give your guests an experience they will never forget!  Dine among the elephants in Elephant Hall, pose with the plesiosaurs, and give your guests the opportunity to tour all of the Museum's galleries and exhibits in a relaxed environment.  Add on a guided tour or Mueller Planetarium show to make your event even more special.

A variety of Morrill Hall spaces are available for rent including:
- Elephant Hall (85 seated, 120 standing reception)
- Conference Room (12 seated)
- Education Resource Room (40 seated)
- Science Exploration Zone (35 seated)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What kind of an event can I have at Morrill Hall?
A: Almost any kind! Weddings, corporate events, receptions and parties, formal dinners, etc. Please note fundraising activity is only allowed if proceeds are to benefit a UNL department or program.

Q: How much does it cost to rent space in the museum?
We offer varying rates for UNL groups, non-profit organizations and corporate groups. Our visitor services team would be happy to visit with you and quote you a price based on your group and the space you're looking to rent. 

Q: Is a deposit required?
A: A deposit equal to 20% of the museum event rental fee is due upon reservation. The final amount minus the deposit is invoiced one week post event and is due within 30 days. Deposits are non-refundable for cancelled events.

Q: Do I need to provide liability insurance?
A: Non-UNL groups are required to provide a certificate of liability insurance. Individuals may purchase special event coverage online at http://bmispecialevents.com/. (Use code 30881804 for UNL). Price varies.

Q: What areas of the museum can we use?
A: Your rental fee covers the use of the room you select. Access to other museum exhibits and galleries can be included for an additional security/custodial fee.

Q: Is parking available for my guests?
A: Parking in the main lot in front of the museum is available for weekend events on a first come first served basis. UNSM has 12 guaranteed parking stalls for guests included in rental pricing for weekday evening event rentals. For events held during the day, our parking lot is governed by UNL Parking & Transit Services. Permits are available for visitors at $5 each. 

Q: Can I have my event at Morrill Hall catered?
A: Yes, you are free to hire any caterer off the UNL-Approved Food Providers list.

Q: Can I have alcohol at my event?
A: Yes, however there are additional steps and fees. Alcohol may only be provided by a caterer of the UNL-Approved Beverage Providers list. A UNL permit will need to be completed a minimum of 6 weeks in advance for cash bars and 4 weeks for host bars (museum staff can assist with this process). There is a $25/hour alcohol supervisor fee for events with bars. 

Q: How early may I start setting up for my event?
A: You may begin setting up Elephant Hall as soon as the museum is closed to public. If you are renting the Science Exploration Zone, you may begin setting up as soon as 8:00 am, however setup time is included in the rental rate period. If you need to have your catering, tables, etc. delivered before this time, please let us know. We will need to direct your deliveries to a suitable holding location, until your scheduled set-up time. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping all galleries and exhibits as accessible as possible to the public.

Q: How do I arrange for tables, chairs, or other such items I may need?
A: Tables, chairs and A/V equipment are included in your event rental. We have a number of museum rentals available for your convenience, including:

  • Banquet Tables - 6' (20 available)
  • Round Tables - 60" (15 available)
  • Cocktail Tables (10 available)
  • Chairs (90 available)
  • Podium, Microphone (wireless or stationary), and Speaker

Any items needed not on the list above, will need to be rented from local vendors by the event sponsor. We do not coordinate item rentals outside of those available on the list. Most caterers are willing to make these arrangements for you. However, if you are not having a catered event, or prefer to make the arrangements yourself, you can find suppliers via an internet search.

Please note: tables, chairs, and other such equipment must be folded, stacked and set aside in designated areas, ready for vendor pick up immediately following your event. You will be charged a minimum of $150 for failure to adhere to this guideline.

Q: Who will clean up at the end of my event?
A: Museum staff will handle tear down of all museum tables, chairs and A/V equipment. As event sponsor, you are responsible for all additional clean up, such as removal of food, drinks and decorations, immediately following your event. Please be sure to communicate with your caterer and vendors to ensure all clean-up is arranged to take place the same evening as your event. We do not have guaranteed staff available to assist with clean up of non-museum items. 

Q: How late can my event go into the evening?
A: You may request an end-time suitable to your event, however we do require all events end by 11:59 pm, including clean-up.

Q: How do I make a reservation for my event?
A: Contact Morrill Hall. Our team will provide an inquiry form for you to complete if the event space you're interested in is available on your desired date. 

Q: When we rent Morrill Hall facilities for our event, does the Museum or the University become a co-sponsor of our event?
A: No. Rental of Morrill Hall facilities does not imply endorsement or co-sponsorship of the event by Museum or UNL.