Rental FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Event Rentals

What are the first steps to booking an event at MPM?
To start your planning process, all you need is a date, time, budget and vision. Planning is simple – just visit our Contact Us page to submit your event request.

Am I able place a hold on a date/space?
We are happy to place a complimentary hold on an event or meeting space for up to two (2) weeks without a deposit.

How far in advance must I book an event at MPM?
Due to popularity of event spaces at MPM, we encourage you to book your event at least 6 months in advance. However, the minimum notice is three (3) weeks to ensure proper execution of all event details.

What time can my event start and end?
Events cannot start until one full hour after the Museum closes to the public; typically MPM closes at 5 pm.

Is a deposit required? When is full payment due?
To confirm your date and space, a deposit consisting of the full facility rental amount plus 25% of estimated catering cost is required. The final payment is due no later than 5 days before the event.

Can I use any food vendors of my choice?
MPM’s exclusive in-house caterer is Zilli Hospitality Group (ZHG). ZHG will work with you to create the ideal menu for any type of event.

Am I allowed to bring my own decorations?
Yes, though to protect and preserve our collections and exhibits open flames, glitter and helium balloons are among prohibited items. A full list of restricted items can be provided to you.

Is onsite parking available?
Adjacent to MPM is an enclosed parking garage that parks 1,445 cars. In addition, there are eight (8) parking lots within a two-block radius as well as ample street parking. Prepaid and valet parking options are available for events and meetings upon request.

Where is the Milwaukee Public Museum located?
MPM is located at 800 W. Wells St. between James Lovell and 9th streets in downtown Milwaukee, WI. We are 90 miles north of Chicago, IL and 80 miles east of Madison, WI on the western shore of Lake Michigan.