The Museum's outdoor spaces are open to the public. We have different activities each day, so check our calendar to plan your visit. Indoor spaces are temporarily closed. The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf's outdoor spaces are open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon–4:00 PM.

Fleischmann Auditorium

Recently renovated in 2019, the auditorium accommodates a dinner and dance reception of 175 people, and amplified music is allowed inside the auditorium. Events may begin at 4:00 PM. Music must stop at 9:30 PM and all guests depart by 10:00 PM.


Large wood floor area, dark wood paneling. Museum collections on display. With creative decor, an auditorium can be transformed into a memorable, fanciful space.


  • Cocktail reception: 100
  • Theater-style seating: 325
  • Dinner seating: 180
  • Dinner/Dance seating: 150


  • Prep or Pre-Stage Annex
  • Podium

Audio-Visual Capabilities

  • Fully-equipped A/V booth
  • Surround sound
  • Projector
  • Big screen
  • Must contact Museum-approved A/V technician for use of A/V equipment.

Internet Access

  • Yes


  • Up to 150 cars on site.


  • No smoking, balloons, or confetti.
  • LED candles only, no flame.
  • Waterproof mats must be placed under all food and beverage serving and preparation areas.

Other Services

  • Catering counseling
  • Security 


  • Weddings and Celebrations (Fleischman Auditorium, Wooded Area, Broder Building): $5,750
  • Fleischmann Auditorium Only: $4,000
    Presentations, Lectures, Business Meetings, Receptions

Our Event Manager, Meridith Moore, is available to answer any questions and schedule on-site visit and consultation. Contact her at 805-682-4711 ext 112, or email at