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Museum at Papago Park Social Event Spaces

Social Spaces

Brick Courtyard

Brick Courtyard

The museum’s most popular event space, the brick courtyard can host up to 400 guests in a venue that makes a statement. Lush twinkle-lit ficus trees, monumental flat arches, and a waterfall designed around the Roosevelt Dam accent the red brick surroundings.


Sandstone Lobby

Sandstone Lobby

By day, a two-story glass vestibule that opens into the courtyard naturally lights the museum lobby. The sandstone walls and polished sandstone floors are softly backlit in the evening. A grand staircase adds to the ambiance. This lovely setting can accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated dinner.


Glass Pavilion

Glass Pavilion

The glassed-in pavilion overlooks a stream-fed riparian area.  The building seats up to 60 guests for lunch or dinner. The building also lends itself well as an exhibit space or attractive addition for food and beverage service adjacent to the courtyard.


Desert Terrace

Desert Terrace

The raised terrace celebrates the construction of Roosevelt Dam and overlooks the courtyard. Surrounded by native landscaping, this intimate area is great for cocktail receptions and small gatherings.


Social Event Packages Breakfast or Lunch in the Brick Courtyard           $700


  • Rental of the brick courtyard for a half day
  • Basic access to commercial kitchen by caterer
  • Tables and chairs
  • Staff set-up and take-down of museum equipment

Note: On Mondays, the sandstone museum lobby may be used in place of the brick courtyard or as an additional rented area for $700 set up.

Birthday Party, Shower, Lunch in the Glass Pavilion    $250


  • Rental of the pavilion for a half day
  • Basic access to commercial kitchen by caterer
  • Tables and chairs
  • Staff set-up and take-down of museum equipment

Reception, Dinner, Fundraisers in Brick Courtyard or Sandstone Lobby Under 100 Guests1,2    $2,300 100-200 Guests      $2,800 More than 200 Guests     $3,100Includes:

  • Rental of the brick courtyard or lobby space
  • Basic access to commercial kitchen by caterer
  • Tables and chairs
    • Premium folding chairs for 200
    • 20 6’ round dining tables
    • 12 30” high-top cocktail tables
    • Catering tables
    • Other additional tables
  • Staff set-up and take-down of museum equipment
  • Security guard
  • Mats for cords and food and beverage service

Additions: Steele Auditorium for
$600 Brick courtyard or lobby for $1,000 Orientation Point Plaza for $800 Desert Terrace for $350Social Event Options


  • Patio heaters for brick courtyard for $60 each (10 available)
  • LCD projector and 7’ x 7’ screen for $75 (1 available)


  • Luminaries for museum entrance for $2 each (30 available)
  • Lamppost lighting for brick courtyards for $50 each (6 available)
  • Dramatic accent lighting for indoor or outdoor spaces for $275

Venue Additions

  • Orientation Point Plaza for cocktail hour use for $200
  • Glass Pavilion for use as bar, serving space or additional seating area for $350
  • Desert Terrace for cocktail reception use for $350
  • Museum exhibits open for two hours of private viewing for $250
  • Full day use of kitchen for on-site cooking for $200
  • Full use of Orientation Point Plaza for event duration for $800

Commemorative Gift

  • Engraved brick commemorating day placed into the Walk into History for $90

Next-Level Options

  • Selected vendor partners are available for exciting décor, lighting, audio/visual, tenting, and valet parking options. See the event manager for more information.

*Equipment Note

Events with equipment needs for greater than 200 attendees must use a supplementary equipment rental company. Linens and centerpieces are not included. Standing cocktail tables are available for cocktail or hors d’oeuvres receptions.

Information and prices subject to change without notice.

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