Facility Rental and Use
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN THE MUSEUM HOLD FOR A BUFFET DINNER?
For a buffet dinner, the maximum number of people would be about a hundred. The main lobby would serve as your dining area with ten round tables with ten chairs at each table. The elevator lobby would serve as your buffet area.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN THE MUSEUM HOLD FOR A SEATED DINNER?
For a seated dinner, the maximum number of people would be around 150. However, with this arrangement, ten round tables in the main lobby and five round tables in the elevator lobby, you would need to rent a tent to hold the catering equipment and food preparation area along with a generator.
WHO WOULD YOU RECOMMEND CATERING OUR EVENT?
We have used several caters and are pleased to recommend them to you. The type of event you will be hosting at the Monument should determine which caterer you should choose. These are not the only caterers that the SJM will allow; however, we know these caterers are excellent.
City Kitchen Catering
P. O. Box 262409
Houston, Texas 77207
Robinette & Company Caterers
Seabrook, Texas 77586
4406 Independence PKWY
La Porte, Texas 77571
CAN WE RENT THE JESSE H. JONES THEATRE AND HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN IT SEAT?
Yes, you can rent the Theatre for business, safety, or civic meetings. The theatre has 158 seats and four wheelchair places; however, if you need additional seating, you can bring in additional chairs or use the Museum’s benches. The Theatre has a podium and speaker system and if you need electronic devices to present a slide show or PowerPoint presentation, our Audio Technician will be able to assist you with these needs.
WHAT IS THE COST TO RENT THE SJM?
To rent the building after hours (6:30 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.) is $3,000. This cost is only for the rental of the building and SJM Staff. You and your guests will be able to ride the elevator to the observation floor to view the night-time lights, to see the permanent exhibit gallery, to see the special exhibit and the use of the Jesse H. Jones Theatre. The San Jacinto Museum of History’s Corporate membership packages include free facility rental usage and many other benefits. Sign up now!
Additional costs for your event:
Security is required. Deer Park off-duty Police Officers are hired at $35 an hour per officer.
One officer is required to start working at 5:45 p.m. as the park closes at 6 p.m. If you choose to serve alcohol during your event, then the law requires two officers in the building and one officer at the park entrance. If you don’t serve alcohol during your event, then the law requires one officer in the building and one officer at the park entrance.
Catering, flowers, and other event-related rentals (chairs, tables, linens, etc.) are also not included. Please contact us if you would like recommendations for these services.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO WE NEED TO BOOK OUR EVENT AT THE SJM?
Rentals are done on a first come, first reserved basis. While there is no cut-off time to make reservations before the day of the event, we appreciate having time so that we can work with you and your vendors to make the event run smoothly. November and December are generally very busy and we recommend you book those dates as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.