Welcome! We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about event bookings, and hope this information answers all of your queries. If we’ve missed anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The Special Events office is open Monday-Friday, from 8 AM – 5 PM, and closed on holidays. We can be reached at email@example.com or 619.255.0182.
Yes, the Museum offers some basic event necessities such as tables of various sizes, chairs, and some high-top tables, to name a few. Please see our Equipment Package for more details. Please note the Museum does not offer linens with the table rentals.
The Nat has a liquor license, and all bartending services must be managed by the Museum. All Museum bartenders are trained and certified with Serve Safe.
Once you contact our team, we offer a 30-day, no-cost courtesy hold on any one available date you'd like to book your event. This must be done in writing via email. A custom estimate is created based on your event needs. If you decide to move forward, contact our events team to receive a venue contract and secure your date.
It includes usage of our in-house sound system, wireless mic and internet, catering kitchen, security staff, cleaning fee, and access to a green room.
We have a terrific event team to help you manage and plan your event. Plus, the events team will be available to help greet and guide guests the night of your event.
We are a unique venue space with a small inventory of furnishings available to rent. If interested in a specific design that we do not carry, it must be rented from a vendor. Visit our website to explore a list of vendors
We don’t have a preferred hotel list, but for convenience and experience, we recommend booking a hotel downtown.
No, all alcohol must be purchased through your bar package. Contact our events team for more information on packages and bar estimates.
Yes, you can bring your own decor. You will be responsible for setting it up and tearing it down.
We give tours by appointment only. Monday-Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM is ideal.
Your event must end by 2 AM, but most events occur between 5:30 PM and midnight. All music, bar, and food service must end 30 minutes before the end of your event.
Open flames and sparklers are not allowed in the Museum. LED lights are welcome.
Yes. The recommended max guest count with a band is 250 for the atrium.
A themed scavenger hunt is an activity, typically played in an extensive area, in which participants have to collect or capture miscellaneous objects or information. While the museum has a nature-inspired theme scavenger hunt, the event host has the opportunity to personalize their scavenger hunt with their own images or objects.
Yes, as long as the space is available.
There are numerous spots throughout the Museum to set up your music. The Museum also offers unique equipment packages—including a stage—for your DJ or band. 12’ x 8’
Yes, the Museum and Balboa Park have free WIFI access.
Of course. Anytime. Just let us know when you’ll be coming in and we’ll leave you complimentary admissions passes. Please visit our website for public hours of operations .
Yes. We require museum security for all events as Balboa Park is open 24 hours. Security needs may vary based on guest count and event style. If your event requires additional security, we can provide vendor recommendations.
The Museum has four floors and a rooftop. The capacity of each floor varies based on the event set-up. The total Museum capacity cannot exceed 1,800 guests. If you have a larger event, we would be happy to share other options available in Balboa Park.
Our events team will work with you to create a custom schedule for set-up and breakdown. Typically, load-in is scheduled for 2 hours before the event and is included with venue rental fees. Our team can also help coordinate any items that need to be dropped off earlier or require additional time.
It depends on your event size and scope; our fees are based on spaces used for the event and duration. For instance, our board room and classrooms hourly rates are $260 vs. our per-floor rate of $1,600.
Yes. We have a large private space available near our rooftop ceremony area to accommodate up to 50 guests and it’s included with your venue rental
High tech! It cools quickly in the summer and is nice and toasty in the winter.
We have a good selection of equipment. This includes 30 60” round tables, 15 6' tables, one 4' table, 18 28" highboys, 20 48” round tables, and four 28” cabaret tables. Please ask for a rental rate sheet.
There is a $500 nonrefundable retainer once you confirm your date and event.
Absolutely. The building has elevators to accommodate guests on every floor.
Yes, you must have insurance for your event. In addition, each vendor is required to provide an insurance certificate with the San Diego Natural History Museum listed as additionally insured.
Many insurance companies provide liability insurance for weddings and other events.
We can help you through the process and offer a list of recommended insurance companies.
We have restrooms accessible on every floor of the Museum.
Yes, you will be introduced to your Museum liaison about a month before your soiree.
The Nat is surrounded by many free parking options , the closest is on the east side of the building just a few steps from both entrances. Parking is allowed until 2 AM. You can also contract a valet parking company for an additional fee.
Yes, Balboa Park is pet friendly and so are we. We do require that all furry friends have a designated companion to attend to their needs at all times.
The Nat has an approved list of caterers who all provide full-service catering and are highly skilled and experienced at working in our venue. Visit our website to explore a list of vendors .
Absolutely not. We love to collaboration with local industry professionals
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