The Kentucky Science Center provides a unique event venue for any special occasion. Rent the Riverview Room on the top floor, with its large windows overlooking the Ohio River. Or rent the Riverview Room plus the entire Science Center - with exhibits and IMAX® films - for a truly special event. Guests are encouraged to visit the exhibit halls during regular hours. Exhibit halls are available for exclusive use after regular operating hours (additional fees apply). We offer special demonstrations, programs and activities upon request (additional fees apply).
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All food and drink must be provided by one of our approved caterers. All catering, beverage or other food services are extra. Our approved caterers may be contacted for all catering needs. Renters will work directly with the caterer in developing menus and catering costs. All food and beverage must be handled by an approved caterer. Please note that all approved caterers pay a commission of 10% of the food sales and 20% of the liquor sales to the Kentucky Science Center. Ask your caterer for more information. Some caterers build it into their pricing--others do not.
The caterer must hold the appropriate caterer's and/or temporary liquor license. Kegs of beer are not allowed. All bars will be set up by the licensed caterer. Excessive drinking will be controlled by the holder of the appropriate license. Bars must close at least 30 minutes prior to the end of the event. Alcohol not served by licesned and insured bartenders is strictly prohibited. Anyone violating these rules will be asked to leave the Science Center and all refundable and non-refundable fees paid will be forfeited.
All decorations must be presented to and approved by the Science Center event manager prior to the event. For safety reasons, only floating or votive candles may be used.
All rental equipment set-up and tear-down must be done by catering staff. The Louisville Science Center is not responsible for manual labor involved with events. All rented items must be removed at the conclusion of the event. The Science Center is not responsible for loss or theft of personal property at any rental event.
Private Events Only
The renter may engage the premises for a private event only. No admission will be charged, nor may tickets be sold on or off the premises, or advertising be placed announcing the event. Fund-raising events are permitted only on behalf of the Louisville Science Center. The Science Center's policy prohibits rentals to political advocacy groups.
At Time of Booking
There is a $150 refundable damage deposit due at the time of booking, as well as a non-refundable $250 holding fee.
Smoke Free Facility
The Kentucky Science Center is a smoke-free building due to the nature of our mission and the audience we serve. Federal laws prohibit smoking in buildings serving school children. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us remain smoke-free. (A smoking area is available just outside our Main Street entrance).