Due to COVID-19, capacities and details listed may be modified to ensure guest safety and comply with local mandates.
The museum offers several spaces to choose from within the facility. Please note: Some spaces are only available outside museum hours.
Rent the entire Museum exclusively for your special event.
- Includes all exhibits
- Exclusive use of all public and private event spaces
- Starts at $10,000
Grand Hall & Terrace
The Grand Hall surrounds guests with Italian stone, a winding marble staircase, and floor-to-ceiling windows. At 6,816-square-feet, the Grand Hall is large enough to accommodate statement weddings or corporate meetings.
- Includes center of second floor space and bridges
- Cocktail Reception: 350 maximum
- Dinner Seating: 350 maximum
- Wedding Reception: 300 maximum
- Starts at $2,700
Third Floor & Eternal Flame Balcony
At 4,454 square feet, our third floor space is ideal for cocktail receptions and after-dinner festivities. Step on onto the terrace and enjoy stunning views of the Ohio Riverfront and Roebling Suspension Bridge.
- Includes center of third floor space
- Third floor terrace
- Cocktail Reception: 200 maximum
- Dinner Seating: 125 maximum
- Starts at $1,700
Harriet Tubman Theater
The 300-seat Harriet Tubman Theater, featuring audiovisual equipment, a hardwood stage floor, and an in-house professional technical staff, is ideal for lectures, panel discussions, and more.
- Includes separate street entrance
- Seating: 300 maximum
- Starts at $1,700
Discovery Room 1
- Seating: 70 maximum
- Versatile meeting space
- Projector & screen
- Picturesque views of the downtown skyline
- Starts at $700
Discovery Room 2
- Seating: 30 maximum
- Versatile meeting space
- Ideal for breakout sessions
- Starts at $500
The museum is located in the heart of The Banks, a thriving entertainment district along Cincinnati’s waterfront. With several street level outdoor areas to choose from, this is could be the perfect location to stage your outdoor event. Please fill out the form below for pricing.
Private Events FAQ
Can I see the space in person?
We strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment with our events manager. Schedule your appointment today using our Event Rental Contact Form located at the bottom of this page.
What do I need to do to hold space?
If you have established that the space is available on the date you need, you may request that the event manager tentatively holds that space for you for one week. At the end of the week, the space will be released unless you have given your intention to book the event. No money is required in order to tentatively hold space.
When does a deposit need to be made?
When you have booked your event with our event coordinator, you will be sent a contract outlining the details of your event. After a complimentary 1 week hold a signed copy of the contract and 50% of the room rental is needed secure the space. The balance of the event cost is due 5 business days in advance of the event.
Do you have discounted rates for non-profit groups?
No, as we are a non-profit group ourselves. We do have a wide range of prices and rental options and will do our best to accommodate every group regardless of budget.
Can private events be held at any time of the day?
Private areas can be rented at any time. Areas that are open to the public during the day - the Grand Hall and 3rd Floor and Eternal Flame Balcony - are available for rental before business hours (6:00a.m till 9:30a.m.) and after 6 p.m.
How many hours does my room rental cover?
Room rental typically applies to a four-hour event, but if there are no other events booked before or after yours, we will work with you on extending that time. All events must end by Midnight and your bar must end 30 minutes prior to your event end time.
Can we bring in any caterer or provide the food/beverage ourselves?
No, we require that you use one of our preferred caterers (see below) for all food and non-alcoholic beverage needs (exceptions are made for birthday/wedding cakes). Each caterer is dedicated to providing high quality and delicious menus, world-class service, and superior hospitality for any occasion. Caterers will also provide staffing, linens, china, flatware, etc.as well as set up of the space.
How can I contact the preferred caterers?
You can reach each caterer using the information provided below.
- Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts, Chef/Owner Renee Schuler: eatwellonline.com
- Elegant Fare Catering Cincinnati, CEO Anne Lisbin: elegantfare.com
- McHale's Events & Catering, President Chuck McHale: mchalescatering.com
- Soleil Kitchen, Founder Chef Soleil: soleilkitchen.com
Do you have decor restrictions?
We do not allow helium balloons, confetti, glitter, or ice sculptures. We also do not allow candles with an open flame anywhere in the building (votives or hurricanes where the flame is below the top of the vase can be used). We also do not allow items to be nailed or taped to the walls.
Do you have audio/visual equipment for rental for my event?
Yes. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has a wide range of audio/visual equipment including a variety of presentational aids, projector packages, screens, sound packages, podiums and lecterns and video playback capabilities.
Get in Touch
Need more information, want to arrange a viewing or ready to book? Fill out the form below and our events manager will be in touch.
Still have questions? Feel free to email our events manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.