Rent the Museum
The Museum of Texas Tech University is a wonderful and unique place to host your special event offers multiple venue options to suit most needs. From dinner with the dinosaurs, to receptions for up to 450 people, seated dinners for 300, or musical performances and parties, to work meetings, luncheons, or functions needing an auditorium, we can cater events both large and small.
The Museum offers plenty of free parking with full disabled access. We have tables and seating, and can assist you in organizing catering, multimedia, and other special set-ups.
The Museum has displays on art, human cultures, history, and the natural world. By arrangement, guests to your function can enjoy wandering through the Museum. (There may be a small additional charge for this for after-hours events and restrictions on taking food and drink into galleries can apply.)
Scheduling of all Museum facilities may be limited during public access hours and is subject to preemption for Museum institutional needs.
Booking an Event
For space availability, bookings, or more information, please contact Museum Operations at (806) 742-2442 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to meet with you to discuss your event and its needs, as well as and give a tour of event spaces.
Spaces Available for Use
A general floor plan of the spaces available (rooms labeled in green) and their relationship to the galleries and other spaces of the Museum of Texas Tech University.
The Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court can accommodate up to 450 people and seat 300 people for dinner. Smaller events and conferences can be held in the Green Room, Memorial Room, and Kline Room. Functions may be possible in some of the other Museum galleries depending on our schedule of exhibits and events.
Our Main Gallery is a truly unique venue for mid-sized receptions or small dinners, where your guests can enjoy refreshments under the gaze of our T rex. This rental will require more personalization. Please call 806-742-2442 for more information.
Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court and Auditorium
Located on the West side of the Museum of Texas Tech University is the ultimate entertainment venue, the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court and Auditorium. The Sculpture Court is over 10,000 square feet of entertainment space and can accommodate 450 guests, and 300 guests for a seated dinner. The space offers a catering kitchen, tables and chairs, cloak room, men's, women's, and family restrooms, multimedia capabilities, piano, stage, and podium. (Kitchen and cloak room must be requested beforehand but are included in the rental fee.) The catering kitchen has a separate, direct entrance for caterers. The only restrictions are that no food or beverages are allowed in the Auditorium or any of our gallery spaces. Serving alcohol requires special written permission from the university administration and require licensed TABC server(s).
The Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium seats 287 with 10 additional spaces for wheelchair access. It is the ideal space for lectures, films, and presentations utilizing our rear-projection video screen and computer based computer system. The stage offers two dressing rooms and are large enough for small theatrical performances. A Steinway piano, microphones, and podium are also available.
The Auditorium and Sculpture Court can be rented separately or together. A discount is offered for multi-room rentals and rentals from TTU entities. The Green Room (located in the Sculpture Court) is not included in the rental and must be reserved separately. Pricing will vary depending on needs and after-hour events.
Other Museum Rentals
GREEN ROOM (825 square feet)
This room, immediately adjacent to the Sculpture Court and the Auditorium, can accommodate up to 53 individuals in either a classroom, conference, or in the round set up. The room includes a LCD projection system for your computer or film presentations. This room also can accommodate phone conference calls (additional fees may apply).
MEMORIAL ROOM (715 square feet)
The museum's first multipurpose meeting room built as part of the original building construction in 1970, the Memorial Room is located in the heart of the museum adjacent to the Main Gallery. The set up can be arranged in nearly identical configurations as the Green Room (capacity 48 people). A projector and screen can be brought in as needed, and a small kitchenette is available with the Memorial Room.
KLINE ROOM (1792 square feet or two areas of 890 square feet each)
Located on the second floor of the museum, the Kline Room is a multipurpose meeting and classroom space. It can be divided in half for separate events or smaller groups. The room includes a LCD projection system for your computer or film presentation. The room can be set up for up to 36 individuals' classroom style (with tables) on each side of the room, or with the divider opened, can be arranged for theater-style seating for 88 people. The room is readily accessible from our main museum lobby by staircase or elevator.
If damage to any part of the Museum's facility, property, or equipment occurs due to the action or negligence of the requestor's party, caterer, decorator, or events, the requestor is responsible for any and all resulting charges (e.g., repairs, cleaning).
Food & Beverage Service
Catered events/meetings can be held in many of our rental spaces. The Sculpture Court complex includes a small kitchen with a separate, direct entrance for catering companies. You are free to choose any caterer (including self-catering your event). We have worked with most every company in town—so they are already familiar with our set up and rules. The only restrictions are that no food or beverages are allowed in the Auditorium or any of our gallery spaces; they are always confined to the meeting rooms where your event is taking place.
The serving of alcoholic beverages as part of your event, either inside the museum or on the grounds, requires special written permission from the university administration. Any request for permission to serve alcoholic beverages should be addressed to the Executive Director and submitted in writing to Museum Operations Division for processing. University and State rules require trained and licensed TABC servers to dispense any alcoholic beverage. The Museum does not permit alcohol service during public functions or when underage individuals are present.
Texas Tech University has an exclusive beverage agreement for bottled water and soda beverages; this agreement extends to include the Museum of Texas Tech University. Facility users or their caterer are only permitted to use Coca-Cola products for these needs. This restriction does not apply to coffee, tea, or non-bottled beverages. A list of permissible beverage products is available from Museum Operations.
Linens and tablecloths are required for any activity where food or beverage service will take place. The Museum does not own or maintain linens, so you must provide your own or make appropriate arrangements with your catering company.