The Dennos Museum Center

Museum Rental

Located on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College, the Dennos Museum Center provides a distinctive and elegant space to host special events; whether a performance, lecture, or meeting presentation in the Milliken Auditorium or a stand-up reception or sit-down dinner in the grand space of the Museum's Sculpture Court. The Dennos Museum Center's unique atmosphere, beautiful exhibition galleries, and comfortable gathering spaces can provide the environment to make your event an exceptional experience for your guests. All areas of the Museum have access to WIFI.

If you are interested in renting the Dennos Museum Center for a wedding ceremony or wedding reception, please contact Gale Cook at or 231.995.1595 to discuss restrictions and to determine if the Dennos Museum Center is equipped to meet your expectations.

Milliken Rental

Milliken Auditorium

With more than 350 seats and one of the larger stages in the region, Milliken Auditorium serves groups of all sizes for a variety of event needs.

  • Capacity: 367 fixed and ADA seats / 400 with temporary seating
  • Includes state-of-the-art house sound system with microphones and podium
  • Includes rectangular tables (6 ft. or 8 ft.) and chairs as requested
  • Requires Auditorium Technician (see below for staffing charges
  • Click here for the auditorium seating chart
Museum Court Rental


Perfect for receptions or dinners, and includes access to the galleries and use of our catering kitchen, Dutmers Theater and Janis Room, as requested.

  • Capacity: 100 at tables / 300 standing
  • Includes rectangular tables (6 ft. or 8 ft.) and chairs as requested
  • Museum Staff charges apply if outside of Museum’s open hours (see below for staffing charges)
Janis Room Rental

Janis Room

The Janis Room is a multi-purpose room perfect for meetings and presentations for a smaller audience. The room has a built-in projector, wireless microphone. 

  • Capacity: 75 standing / 45-50 at tables / 70 theater layout
  • Museum Staff charges apply if outside of museum’s open hours (see below for staffing charges)
  • Includes podium, rectangular tables (6 ft. or 8 ft.), and chairs as requested
  • Rental of just the Janis Room does not include admission to the Museum
Dutmers Theater Rental

Dutmers Theater

The Dutmers Theater is suitable for automated audio/visual presentations for small audiences.

  • Capacity: 32 fixed seats plus 2 ADA spaces
  • Includes built-in projector and sound system, computer, and DVD player
  • Museum Staff charges apply if outside of museum’s open hours (see below for staffing charges)
  • Rental of just the Dutmers Theater does not include admission to the Museum


Catering is the responsibility of the renter, and the choice of caterer is up to the renter. Catering also may be arranged through Flavours by Sodexo or the Hagerty Center- both affiliated with Northwestern Michigan College. Contact Sodexo at 231.995.1403 or online at The Hagerty Center may be contacted at 231.995.1146 or at Your caterer must contact Gale Cook at 231.995.1595 or at least 48 hours prior to the event.

The Dennos Museum Center does not provide table linens. Table linens and skirting for all tables should be ordered from the caterer or provided by the renter.

Food or beverages are not permitted in the Milliken Auditorium, Dutmers Theater, or Museum galleries.


In compliance with Northwestern Michigan College’s liquor license, all alcohol must be purchased through and served by the Hagerty Center. There are also restrictions on areas of the Dennos Museum Center where alcohol may be consumed. If you plan to have alcoholic beverages during your rental, contact the Hagerty Center directly at 231.995.1146 or to make arrangements. Table linens may also be rented through the Hagerty Center if they are contracted for bar services or catering for your event.

Rental Terms & Conditions

Rental Rates

Interested in renting space at the Dennos? Complete the rental inquiry form to get started:

Dennos Museum Rental Inquiry Form

It Begins Within

Mon-Sat 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun 1–5 p.m.
Thurs - Open until 8 p.m.
Closed on major holidays

Adults $6
Children $4
NMC Students FREE with ID
Museum members FREE

If you are planning to attend an event at the Dennos Museum Center and have a disability requiring any special assistance, please notify us at or (231) 995-1055 as soon as possible.