Museum of Commerce Events

The Museum of Commerce provides a snapshot into life in an 1890s streetscape complete with historic store fronts and artifacts on exhibit. While the space may be busy with action, your event will take center stage. Whether you are planning a wedding reception, luncheon or banquet, corporate party, or concert, this space puts your event dreams into motion. 

For public tours, please visit the Plan Your Visit page. 

Rental Rates:


Standard Rates 

DayRental PeriodStandard Price
Monday - Thursday
(5-hour booking)
Available beginning at 3pm $660.00, plus tax
Friday
(8-hour booking)
Available beginning at 3pm $1,760.00, plus tax
Saturday
(8-hour booking)
Available beginning at 1pm $1,760.00, plus tax
Sunday 
(8-hour booking)
Available anytime $1,760.00, plus tax

Seasonal Rates (June, July, and August)

DayRental PeriodStandard Price
Monday - Thursday
(5-hour booking)
Available beginning at 3pm $660.00, plus tax
Friday
(8-hour booking)
Available beginning at 3pm $1,496.00, plus tax
Saturday
(8-hour booking)
Available beginning at 1pm $1,496.00, plus tax
Sunday 
(8-hour booking)
Available anytime $1,496.00, plus tax

*All bookings include a refundable $300.00 security deposit due two months prior to the event. This is in addition to the rental fee listed above. 

**Insurance is required for all events at all UWF Historic Trust properties. 
 

  • How can we pay the rental fee and when is it due?

    Once the Event Coordinator has received a completed rental agreement, they will contact you about making payments. The first half of the rental fee plus tax is due once the rental agreement has been received. The remaining half of the rental fee plus the $300.00 refundable security deposit is due two months prior to the event. Payments can be made with a credit card or by check. The Event Coordinator will provide additional payment instructions after the rental agreement has been received.

  • What does the security deposit cover and is it refundable?

    A refundable security deposit is required for all UWF Historic Trust venues and it is due two month prior to the event. The security deposit will be refunded after the event provided no damages have occurred, the venue is left clean and in acceptable condition, all rules and requirements are followed, and time limits are not exceeded. An invoice will be sent following the event in the case that damages, cleaning fees, or additional hours exceed $300.

  • Do we need to obtain event insurance?

    Yes, for each venue that is rented, liability insurance must be provided to cover major damages that may happen during the event. This type of insurance can be purchased from many different insurance companies. Proof of insurance must be submitted to the Event Coordinator at historicevents@uwf.edu at least two months prior to the event. Additional information on the insurance requirements can be found in the rental agreement. 

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    The 50% initial payment – less a $200.00 administration fee – is refundable should you cancel your reservation with a written notice via email to historicevents@uwf.edu at least six months prior to your scheduled event. Cancellation request submitted less than six months prior to the event will not be refunded. Venue rentals are not transferable to other venues or dates.  

 

Capacity: 

The Museum of Commerce can accommodate 150-175 for seated functions, 200-250 for an indoor cocktail reception, and 300 for an indoor/outdoor cocktail reception. Tables and chairs are available for up to 200 guests.

Rental Period:

The Museum of Commerce can be rented for a five hour time block Monday through Thursday and for an eight hour time block Friday through Sunday. If available, additional time can be added to the rental. Requests for additional time must be submitted a minimum of one month prior to the rental.

Equipment:

Booking includes the use of (200) white chairs, (16) five-foot round tables, (12) six-foot rectangular tables, (12) eight-foot rectangular tables, and (5) cocktail tables. Linens are not provided.

The catering prep area includes a standard refrigerator/freezer, ice machine, and hand wash sink. There is no stove, microwave, or other heating appliance. Cooking is not permitted inside the museum.

Please review the FAQs on the Historic Venues page for more information.

Booking and Contact Information:

For booking information or to schedule a site visit, please contact our Event Coordinator:

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Availability:

  • Museum of Commerce Rental Availability Calendar

    Below is the Museum of Commerce rental availability calendar. The Museum of Commerce is available beginning at 3pm Monday through Friday, at 1pm on Saturday, and anytime on Sunday. The current rental period ends on December 31, 2024. The rental calendar for 2025 will open in January 2024. The calendar view for any dates after 2024 is not accurate and should not be used for planning events.

    *Dates are not held without a completed rental agreement and initial payment. Please contact us at historicevents@uwf.edu to confirm availability and the start the reservation process. 

 

 Photos of the Museum of Commerce:

Picture of a banquet in the Museum of Commerce

A photos of the tables and chairs set up for a wedding reception.

A lecture at the Museum of Commerce