In every issue of the magazine we spotlight a different location on the back page. In our spring issue, the Spaces page showcased the Science Museum of Minnesota. If you have a space you think we should highlight there or here on the blog in Venue Highlight, let us know in the comments below or email Ellie.
Besides offering opportunities to play and learn for all ages, St. Paul's Science Museum of Minnesota has a number of spaces for meetings and events. As May is Minnesota Museums Month, this is a great time to consider museum event spaces.
The Elements Cafe (pictured above right and below left) on level six seats up to 300 people and can fit up to 400 people for a stand-up reception. The space features a large outdoor terrace and is in close proximity to other event spaces and the Omnitheater. Discovery Hall (pictured below right) on level four holds up to 200 people for seated dinners (or 300 people for receptions). This space also features a private terrace. The Argon Room on level six fits up to 150 people for receptions. The Xenon Room on level six accommodates up to 75 people (reception), and is often used as pre function space or meeting breaks. The Neon Room, also on level six, is a boardroom that accommodates up to 24 guests. Finally, the Auditorium on level three seats 280 people and features state-of-the-art technology. If you have questions about these spaces and the Science Museum's policies for events, check out this handy FAQ.
The Science Museum is catered by Lancer Catering. Guests at private events get complimentary admission to the museum. The museum has technical and audiovisual staff on site to help with meetings and events. You can also get to know the Science Museum as an event space at the next Social Science on June 21. These 21+ nights give adults a chance to eat, drink and play after hours at the museum.
Through Sept. 3, the museum has Real Pirates: The Untold Story of Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship on display. Read about visiting the exhibit in this Minnesota Journeys post. We've been spotlighting museums all month on the Minnesota Journeys travel blog, so click on over and take a look at some of the fun learning destinations around the state. You can read about more museum event spaces in "Meet at the Museum" from fall 2009.
--Ellie M. Bayrd
[Images courtesy of the Science Museum of Minnesota]