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Looking for a unique setting for your group function? Consider Hastings Museum!

After all, where else can your group hang out with a Tylosaurus, polar bear, earth lodge and a rattlesnake?

Party at Hastings Museum. Facility rental.

While our wildlife resides in life-like settings, we promise they won’t eat your catered dinner or interrupt your meeting.

The Museum is perfect for:

  • Corporate Meetings
  • Holiday Parties
  • Receptions
  • Weddings
  • And other events!

With a variety of venues and up to 50,000 square feet of space, the Museum has something to please everyone. Several rooms and open spaces within the Museum are perfect for groups, while the theatre and planetarium offer their own special opportunities. For a list of idea starters, just scroll down.

Members can hold their event at Hastings Museum for as little as $75!

In addition to day and evening options, the Museum has hosted overnight events for several Scouting groups – and can host one for your group, too!

Have questions? Want to book an event? Just contact Visitor Services at 402-461-2399, option zero.

Museum Rental

All three floors of the Museum are available for your function, including the Wildlife Diorama Hall and our Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream exhibit.

We have space for up to 600 guests for a strolling reception.

Looking for a seated dinner? Our east gallery accommodates up to 300 guests, while up to 100 guests are seated comfortably in the Wildlife Diorama Hall. Groups of up to 100 may also reserve the Abbot Room, which has a small kitchen.

Abbott Room Rental

This space is perfect for luncheons, meetings, classes and dinners. It seats up to 100 people and includes access to a small kitchen.

The Abbott Room is also a perfect staging area for caterers who service the east gallery or Wildlife Diorama Hall.

Theatre Rental

Your group is welcome to attend several public showings daily or book an exclusive showing of a film or movie of your choice from our current film library.

The theatre seats up to 211 guests plus wheelchairs.

Our digital projection system can easily tie into a computer for presentations, Internet access and more. This makes the theatre great place for group meetings before or after a reception or dinner!

Planetarium Rental

Your group can attend any of our daily public shows, which are included with Museum admission.

Note, however, that the Planetarium only seats 48 people plus wheelchairs, so larger groups may need to book a private show or multiple shows. Just contact Visitor Services for details.


Hastings Museum has a sound system and microphone (the theatre has it’s own system), LCD and slide projectors, and DVD and VHS players with a monitor available for a nominal fee.

We have up to 15, 60-inch round and/or 17 banquet-style tables and 100 folding chairs available free with advance reservations.

Table coverings and other service ware are available for an additional fee or from the caterer of your choice.