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Facility Rentals

Located at the heart of Santa Clara University's campus, the de Saisset Museum offers a unique and convenient location for receptions, meetings, dinners, luncheons, lectures, parties, and more. Our exhibitions provide a unique and entertaining backdrop for events.

Capacity and Availability

The de Saisset Museum facility is available for events during regularly scheduled exhibitions. Event requests are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Our event capacity varies depending on the requested event set-up:

Seated Dining: 110

Lecture-style seating: 175

Standing reception: 300-450

Rental Details

  • The majority of events are held in the museum's auditorium space, which is fully equipped with an upgraded speaker system, rear projections, and drop-down screen.
  • Event rentals include use of the museum's kitchen for staging and food service.
  • Food and drink are permitted in the auditorium under most circumstances, but are not permitted in other galleries or public spaces. You will be notified in advance if we anticipate a chance in policy for any reason.
  • Customers requiring food service of any kind must work with Santa Clara University's catering company Bon Appétit. 
  • Museum security personnel must be present during all events. If museum security is unavailable, security services will be provided by Campus Safety Services at an additional cost to the renter.
  • Rental fees vary. Departments and groups affiliated with Santa Clara University will receive reduced rates.

Rental Rates

Rental rates apply for the use of the de Saisset Museum facility, primarily the museum's auditorium. Rates are based on University affiliation (SCU department vs. non-SCU group), event duration, and reservation lead time. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

  4 Hour Minimum(1) 8 Hour Day(2) Additional Hours(3) Overtime(4)
*Reserved 3+ months in advance $250 $400 $50/hour $30/hour
*Reserved 2+ months in advance $300 $450 $50/hour $30/hour
*Reserved less than 4 weeks in advance $350 $500 $50/hour $30/hour
Contracted security guard(5) Officer/Watch Commander charges
$60/hour=$240
$480 $60/hour N/A

*The facility rental rate for your event will be determined by the date on which this request is submitted.

  1. The 4 hour minimum includes both the setup and teardown time necessary for the event.
  2. An 8 hour day is considered 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  3. Additional hours specified in rate column above are defined as events that begin and/or require setup or teardown outside of normal business hours (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday).
  4. Overtime is defined as an event that lasts more than 8 hours.
  5. Depending on the availability of museum student staff security personnel, the museum may require the requesting party to pay additional security costs for security coverage during the event.

Level 1: Non-profit organization (not affiliated with SCU). Non-profit groups must provide evidence of a $1 million insurance policy naming Santa Clara University as the additional insured. The Certificate of Insurance must be on file 14 days before the event.

Level 2: For-profit groups or private individuals (including SCU faculty, staff, students, and alumni) who are interested in hosting a private function(1) at the museum. For-profit groups and private individuals must provide evidence of a $1 million insurance policy naming Santa Clara University as the additional insured. The Certificate of Insurance must be on file 14 days prior to the event.

  4 Hour Minimum(2) 8 Hour Day(3) Additional Hours(4) Overtime(5)
Level 1 $950 $2000 $250/hour $350/hour
Level 2 $1500 $3000 $250/hour $350/hour
Contracted security guard(6) Officer/Watch Commander charges
$60/hour=$240
$480 $60/hour N/A

NOTE: A non-refundable security deposit of $350 is due 14 days after the contract has been signed by both parties (user and owner).

NOTE: A cancellation fee of $250 will apply if the event is canceled within 2 weeks or less of the scheduled date.

  1. Private events include wedding receptions, birthday parties, retirement parties, anniversary parties, funeral receptions, etc.
  2. The 4 hour minimum includes both the setup and teardown time necessary for any event.
  3. An 8 hour day is considered 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  4. Additional hours specified in rate column above are defined as events that begin and/or require setup or teardown up outside of normal business hours (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday).
  5. Overtime is defined as an event that lasts more than 8 hours.
  6. Depending on the availability of museum student staff security personnel, the museum may require the requesting party to pay additional security costs for coverage of the event.
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