Facilities Rental

Rent the Peabody GalleriesHosting an event at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology is an opportunity for private groups and organizations to create an exclusive experience in a Harvard museum setting, famous for its collections of material culture from around the world.

Receptions and Dinners

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology event rental offers full access to all the museum special exhibitions and galleries, including the Hall of the North American Indian, Encounters with the Americas, and Pacific Islands Hall. The museum can accommodate 300 for standing receptions and up to 150 guests for seated dinners. The museum does not host events during business hours, daily 9am – 5pm.


Rental prices range depending upon the number of guests and the nature of the event. For events that fall outside the pricing chart please call for a quote.

  $1,500 $2,500 $3,500
Standing Less than 50 people Up to 99 people 100 plus
Seated N/A Up to 74 people 75 plus 
$500 Internal Harvard Discount at All Price Levels


  • For the safety of the museum's collections, dancing is not permitted.
  • All proposed wording of notices, invitations, and/or press releases, as well as images, in relation with the event must be provided to and approved by the Peabody Museum prior to printing and circulation.
  • A guest list including names and addresses of those planning to attend the event must be submitted to the museum within two days prior to the event. The Peabody Museum reserves the right to invite listed guests to become members of the museum.
  • The use of audio or visual equipment, lighting, media and photography, and vendors must be approved by the museum. All photography within the museum is for private use only and may not be published or displayed publicly without explicit permission from the museum.

For additional information, please download the information form and email the completed form to functions@hmsc.harvard.edu or fax it to 617.495.9790; or call 617.496.3479.

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