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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 Wi-Fi.

The Dennos Museum Center does not rent its facility for weddings. Please contact Crystal Bailey at the Hagerty Conference Center at or (231) 995-1146 for renting space for weddings on campus.

Milliken RentalMilliken 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

Museum Court RentalMuseum

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 RentalJanis 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 RentalDutmers 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 Megan Heator 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.

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

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