A Unique Setting For Your Group Function

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

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!

Museum employee showing young visitors an diorama exhibit

Have Questions? Want to book an event?

Just contact Visitor Services at 402-461-2399.


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 Wildlife Diorama Hall accommodates up to 100 guests. Groups of up to 100 may also reserve the Abbott Room, which has a small kitchen. Please note, in the past our east gallery was also available for bookings. For the next few years, that space is being used for small exhibits and collections storage.

Abbott Room

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 Wildlife Diorama Hall.


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!


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 its 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.