Building Rentals

The Museum is available for:

corporate rentals
and for
member children's birthday parties       

PLEASE NOTE: The City of Anniston has passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking on city property effective 7/1/13.  Therefore, smoking is no longer permitted on Museum grounds, nor in Lagarde Park. 
City of Anniston Ordinance 13-0-6 Section 28½9C.


Rental Information on this site refers solely to the spaces available at Anniston Museum. Please visit www.bermanmuseum.org for information on facility rentals at our neighbor, Berman Museum. Interested in renting the new Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facility? Click here for important information regarding availability of that space.
            


 The Natural Place for your next off-site event!

Impress your clients with a meeting held at the Anniston Museum of Natural History. The museum is located in a beautiful natural setting and only minutes from Interstate 20, a major artery linking Atlanta and Birmingham. The Museum offers a number of meeting arrangements. Our coordinator will be happy to provide information on nearby hotels, entertainment options, and restaurants so that you and your attendees have the best experience possible. Call 256-237-6766 ext 102 or email gmorey@annistonmuseum.org for more information or to arrange for a rental.


Anniston Museum is
now offering rental opportunities to Museum Members (non-business/individual)for all-age birthday parties, baby and wedding showers, retirement parties, etc. during regular Museum operating hours only: 10am-5pm Tuesday – Saturday, Sunday 1-4pm.  These rentals are not available after-hours (after 5pm). No alcohol service allowed.  Anniston Museum does not make it's facility available for weddings. Must be a Museum member to rent Anniston Museum facility space. Call for more details: 256-237-6766 x 102. 




For what type of function is Anniston Museum Appropriate?


What kinds of spaces are available inside the Museum?


What are the costs to reserve a rental area?

 

 




Click for Museum Floorplan

Click for Building Rental Guidelines

Click for Building Rental Application

Click for Alcohol Policy

Click for Decoration/clean Up Guidelines

Click for Audio/Visual Equipment Rental Disclaimer



 

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We're the natural place to host a ...

Corporate Reception

       Anniston Museum has:

       Gourmet kitchen facilities

       Variety of areas suitable for formal to informal reception:
       lobby, auditorium, classroom, conference room, courtyard garden

       Convenient location & parking

       Within minutes of the historic Victoria Inn and several other lodging choices 



Business Meeting

       We have a variety of areas suitable for formal meetings,
       workshops, classroom-style or large presentations: 


       Auditorium

       Lagarde Meeting Room

       Classroom

       Conference Room

       State-of-the-art video & audio equipment including large projection capability

       Plus convenient location & parking


Conference

       Anniston Museum features:

       Large, central Auditorium with variety of areas suitable for breakout meetings

       Lagarde meeting room for board meetings

       Classroom for break-out sessions

       Gourmet kitchen facilities

       Convenient location & parking

       Optional guided and behind-the-scenes tours

       Adjacent the Berman Museum of World History, which offers
       additional meeting facilities.


PLEASE NOTE: The City of Anniston has passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking on city property effective 7/1/13.  Therefore, smoking is no longer permitted on Museum grounds, nor in Lagarde Park. 
City of Anniston Ordinance 13-0-6 Section 28½9C.

 

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Anniston Museum Building Floorplan
See below for more information on specific rooms



 

                                 Lagarde Room                 Lobby










Classroom



Conference Room

 
       Kitchen               Auditorium


 

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Anniston Museum Building Rental Areas
 
 

Auditorium
  • Size: 48 x 40 feet or 1,920 sq. ft.
     
  • One public entrance (near restrooms and main museum entrance)
  • Convenient kitchen access
  • Suitable for seated dining of 130 people; or presentations to 180 people or less 
  •  Large video screen with multi-media projector (optional/fee applies)

Kitchen
  • Convenient exterior access for unloading
  •  Warming Tray 
  • Hot Bar
  • Crushed Ice Machine
  • Two Refrigerators 
  • Two Ovens

Lobby
 
  • Size: 2,950 sq. ft.   
  • Formal dining, up to 80  
  • A/V options (fee applies)


Classroom

  • 21 x 32 / 672 sq. ft. 
  • One entrance
     
  • Tile floor
  • Comfortably seats 35 in classroom-style setting
  • A/V cart (optional/fee applies)


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Conference Room

  • One entrance
  •  Tile floor
  • Seating for 10 at conference table 
  • A/V cart (optional/fee applies)
  •  Lounge area



Conference Room Lounge Area 
 

Lagarde Meeting Room, View I


Lagarde Board Room
  • Seating for 16 at table
     
  • Carpet floor
  • Counter areas for limited food service or business literature
  •  Large-screen, flat panel display with laptop connections
  • Coffee Service (optional/fee applies)
 
Lagarde Room, View II

 
















 

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Tree House Outdoor Pavilion 
  • Outdoors, open air, with screens
  •  Seats approx. 160, riser style seating

























 




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Facility Rental Fees

           Meetings (no food, no kitchen use)

Meeting Areas   AM  PM     Seating
Conference Room   $150 $300 10
Classroom  $150 $300 40
Lobby   N/A  $300 100
Lagarde Conference
Room
  
$150 $300 16
Auditorium   $150 $300 75-180
Tree House
Outdoor Pavilion

(no interior access
except restrooms)
$150
(add $100
for Exhibit Hall
access)
$300
(add $100
forExhibit Hall
access) 
160
 

Exhibit Halls may remain open for after-hours events upon request. Some restrictions apply.

AM rentals: 7:30am-4:30pm     Building open by 7am. Requests for an earlier opening time may be considered, but will require an additional fee. Renters will not be allowed to meet after 5pm without making arrangements at time of scheduling. An additional fee of $100 will be applied to the bill if event extends past 5pm without prior approval.  
 
                            
PM rentals: 5pm-11pm    Event must end by 11pm
and clean-up must be completed by midnight. An additional fee of $100 will be charged for event or clean-up activity extending past midnight. 


 

           Reception/Catered/Dining Events

Reception/Dining
Areas  
AM  PM     Seating
Capacity
Conference Room   $300 N/A 10
Classroom  $300 $500 40
LagardeConference Room $300 $500 16
  Lobby  N/A  $500 80-100
Auditorium    $300 $500 130
Auditorium/Classroom  $300  $500  
Auditorium/Lobby   N/A $500  
Auditorium/Classroom/Lobby  N/A $500  

AM rentals: 7:30am-4:30pm     Building open by 7am. Requests for an earlier opening time may be considered, but will require an additional fee. Renters will not be allowed to meet after 5pm without making arrangements at time of scheduling. An additional fee of $100 will be applied to the bill if event extends past 5pm without prior approval.  
 
                            
PM rentals: 5pm-11pm    Event must end by 11pm
and clean-up must be completed by midnight. An additional fee of $100 will be charged for event or clean-up activity extending past midnight. 

 

General Information:

  • Conference Room with seating for 10 is not rented after hours due to security cost.  
     
  • Seating Capacity of some areas is dependant on set-up.  Please ask for details.    
     
  • Reception rentals include use of the Museum kitchen.  
     
  • Anniston Museum of Natural History Business Members receive a discount on rentals.  
     
  • Exhibit Halls are open for all AM Meeting/Receptions (with the exception of Tree House) and open upon request for PM Meetings/Receptions/Dinners. Some restrictions apply, ask for details.  
     
  • Coffee Service is available for groups of 20 or less.  Fee applies.  
     
  • Audio/visual options are available for an extra charge.  Ask for details.  
     
  • Uniformed security will be required at the renter’s expense if serving alcohol.  See guidelines for details.   
     
  • A rental agreement must me signed and the fee paid at time of rental confirmation.

  • PLEASE NOTE: The City of Anniston has passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking on city property effective 7/1/13.  Therefore, smoking is no longer permitted on Museum grounds, nor in Lagarde Park. 
    City of Anniston Ordinance 13-0-6 Section 28½9C.

     
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Birthday Parties
 

What better place to go wild on your birthday than the Anniston Museum of Natural History?


Birthday parties are a benefit of in-state individual/family Museum Membership.

Enjoy … a visit to seven exciting exhibit halls, including the hands-on children’s discovery room- NatureSpace. Walk on the nature trails, including the Bird of Prey trail with live raptors, and party like a wild animal with your friends.

Description … 2-hour classroom rental. A Museum classroom is reserved for you and your guest. Tables and chairs are included. Plan to set-up and clean up within these hours. Admission for up to 15 party visitors are included in the rental fee. You may purchase more admission passes for a discounted fee of $3/person. (Members are free). If you need more time at the Museum, finish your party, clean up and then take your guest into the Exhibit Halls. The Museum is open until 5pm.

How to schedule … Contact the Community Services Coordinator at 256-237-6766 x 114, or by email, edspecialist@annistonmuseum.orgBirthdays must be booked at least two weeks in advance, and earlier if possible. As there are only three opportunities in any given week to schedule a birthday party, it is wise to secure your date as soon as possible. Anniston Museum does not “hold” dates. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis; payment confirms your reservation. In the event of a cancellation or an un-booked slot, Anniston Museum may be able to schedule a reservation with less than two weeks notice. However these situations are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and no guarantee of accommodation can be made. Payment may be made during regular business hours after you have pre-scheduled your party with the Community Services Coordinator. Payment confirms reservation and is non-refundable! Visa/MC, cash or personal check with ID.

Fees … $100 non-refundable deposit to secure your date. This includes 15 guests (child or adult) passes.  $3/person admission to exhibit halls for additional guests.  Members are free.  Payment must be made when scheduling the party. 

Guidelines … (Parties are an exclusive benefit of Museum Membership. Click here to join, or contact the Membership Department at 237-6766, ext 120.)

       Maximum of 40 people may be invited due to space available
       in the party room.

       Parties are available for ages 4 -grade 6

       Parties are scheduled on Saturdays in 2 hour blocks. 
       10:30-12:30pm or 1:30-3:30pm, and now also on 
       Sunday afternoons, from 2-4pm only.


       One adult must be present for every 10 children.

       Table and chairs for 25 are provided as well as a food table. 
       Extra chairs provided if needed.

       Decorations may be placed on tables or the floor only.
       All decorations must be removed at the end of your
       scheduled event. The Museum will not be held liable for
       loss or damage to property.

       The Museum reserves the right to levy additional charges 
       for careless damage to Museum property. 

       An ice maker and refrigerator/freezer is available
       upon request.

Click for Decoration/Clean Up Guidelines


What to do when you arrive….
Check in at the Admissions desk when you arrive. Security will unlock the classroom for you and your guest. When you check in you will be given 15 stickers for Exhibit Hall admission. Each member of the party must have a birthday party sticker. You may purchase additional stickers at anytime during the party. Distribute these stickers to your guests and inform them that they must wear the stickers in order to gain access to the exhibit halls.

Souvenir Gift Bags
Please your party guest with souvenir gift bags from the Museum Store. For details on gift bag contact the Museum Store Manager at 256-237-6766 ext 112. This is a separate fee. Not included in deposit.

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