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Museum & AUDITORIUM 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.

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 
  • 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 Sculpture Court

Perfect for receptions or dinners, and includes access to the galleries and use of our 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)


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


If the event is outside of the museum's open hours, a staffing charge of $25 per hour is required to cover a staff person to oversee the event. For events in Milliken Auditorium, an Auditorium technician is required onsite for the duration of the event, including set up and tear down. The charge for Auditorium Technicians is $35 per hour per tech.


Catering is the responsibility of the renter, and the choice of caterer is up to the renter. Your caterer must contact Megan Holtrey at (231) 995-1595 or at least 48 hours prior to the event.

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 as soon as possible. Table linens may also be rented through the Hagerty Center if they are contracted for bar services.

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Working with an NMC department for your event? Make sure you read the co-sponsoring policy and comply with all co-sponsorship rules:

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