Museum Rental FAQs
How much of a deposit is required to book my event?
A deposit of 50% of the rental total, along with a signed contract, is required to secure an event date.
Is parking included in the rental cost?
Parking in our 160 parking spaces is complimentary, and is on a first-come, first serve basis. Learn more about overflow parking options.
Is there a nonprofit discount?
Qualified nonprofit organizations receive a 15% discount.
Will I lose my deposit if I cancel my event?
If an event is cancelled in writing at least 6 months prior to the scheduled event date, one half of the deposit will be refunded and the balance retained by the Museum as a cancellation fee. If an event is cancelled less than 6 months prior to the event the Children's Museum will retain the full deposit amount as a cancellation fee.
Does it cost more to host an event on a holiday?
We charge an additional 50% to rent the Museum on the following dates: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day.
What is the earliest our event could start?
After-hours events at the Museum can start at 6:00 pm or later.
Does the Museum provide any rental supplies?
Some supplies are included the rental cost; please contact our Special Events Manager for a full list. If you need additional supplies, we ask that you use our exclusive supplier, All Occasions Party Supply.
Will I be able to bring in my own caterer?
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh has a wonderful and diverse preferred catering list which include some of the best known regional caterers. The Museum requires that you select one of these four perferred caterers for your event.
Can these caterers provide kosher dishes?
Each caterer has unique capabilities and specialties. We ask that you discuss with each caterer your special needs in effort to find the best fit for your event. In most cases our caterers will be able to work with dietary needs and special requests.
Are there minimums that I have to spend with the caterers?
Each caterer's policies differ and we encourage clients to enquire about minimums durning initial conversations with caterers, before making a decision.