Birthday Party FAQ

What is included in the birthday party package?

General admission for up to 15 guests, two hours of party space rental, Museum-themed photo cut outs, special gift for the birthday child, bugs & butterfly or dinosaur education program, and party clean-up.

Are both adults and children counted toward the total number of guests?

Yes. We do require one adult for every 6 children in attendance.

Can I invite more than 20 guests?

Yes. The party space can hold a maximum of 25 guests. Additional fees will apply.

Can we bring in our own food?

No. MPM does not allow any outside food or beverage to be brought in for birthday parties, except for a dessert from a licensed bakery. Disposable place settings are not provided.

Some of my guests are members at the Museum. Do we still include them in the guest count?

Yes. All adults and children attending the party (are in the room, participate in the activity, etc.) will count towards your final guest count, whether they are Museum members or not.

A relative is a member of the Museum, but I am not. Can I book under the membership rate?

The person with the membership must be the one to complete the request and book the party.

What decorations do you provide for parties?

MPM provides photo cut-outs and table top decorations representing paleontology, lepidopterology, and astronomy – dinosaurs, butterflies, and space.

Can I decorate myself?

Yes. Glitter, confetti, open flames, hanging décor, and unweighted helium balloons are prohibited to ensure the safety of the Museum’s collection.

Can I arrive early?

The room will be available 15 minutes prior to the party start time, if you wish to come in and get ready.

Am I responsible for set-up and clean-up of the party space?

No. The room will be available 15 minutes prior to the party start time with MPM provided decorations. Clean-up of the party space will begin 15 minutes following the party end time.

Can I stay late?

The room will no longer be available 15 minutes following the party end time. If you and your guests are staying at the museum, we will provide bins to store coats and gifts until departure.

Is there a place to store or refrigerate my dessert?


Does the Museum provide invitations?

Printed invitations are available to Museum members – dinosaur, butterfly, space, or a combination. Invitations will be mailed to the party host once deposit has been made.

What is the special birthday gift?

An explorer’s helmet. There will be sharpie markers available to have the child’s attending guests sign the helmet if they would like.

Am I able to bring outside entertainment?

No. Clowns, characters/mascots, and all other outside entertainment are strictly prohibited.

How long can I stay at the Museum?

Birthday party rentals give access to the Museum for the entire day, before and after your party time slot. The party space will only be available for your use during the two-hour time slot.

Will MPM staff chaperone the children through the exhibits?

MPM staff members are not responsible for watching over children while they are visiting the Museum. Please make sure you have a sufficient number of chaperones at your party to aide in supervision.