Celebrate at Old South Meeting House!
Since the Boston Tea Party of 1773, Bostonians have been
throwing smashing parties...here. Located in the heart of downtown
Boston, nestled among grand skyscrapers, Old South Meeting House is a unique
venue for your special event. Available for a cocktail party, concert, corporate
meeting, formal or informal dinner, or award ceremony, this treasured National
Historic Site offers you an opportunity to create an event that is truly
If you are interested in holding a wedding at Old South Meeting House, please
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Rental Application (Required if you need an event estimate)
Meeting House is open 7 days a week as a museum. Rentals are available in the
evening after 5 pm for events of all kinds. Public events which qualify under
our Partners in Public Dialogue programming occasionally may be
scheduled during normal museum hours. For information about that program, please
Caterers & Additional Services
About Partners in Public Dialogue
The official capacity of Old South Meeting House, as licensed
by the City of Boston, is 650. Your event capacity is determined by the type of
event, your setup needs and our policy guidelines.
Theatre Style Seating:
250-300 guests seated theatre style on the first floor of the main hall only. An
additional 200 seats are available in the balcony. (The balcony will only be
opened for events with over 250 attendees or if arrangements have been made for
such at the time of booking. All events that use the balcony must use the sound
system. We also require that our sound technician be on site.)
Reception, standing: A
typical standing reception comfortably accommodates 50 to 250 guests on the
first floor of the main hall. Food and drink are not allowed in the balcony
Seated Dinner: A seated
dinner comfortably accommodates 50 to 100 persons at round tables set in our
first floor box pews. Additional tables may be added in the case of a plated
dinner with servers but will limit open space for dancing, musicians, etc. Food
and drink are not allowed in the balcony level.
Meeting House is fully wheelchair accessible with elevator access to all floors.
Assistive-listening devices available for use with the sound system.
Cocktail / Dinner Options
General Floor Plan
Facility Rental Fees Our
rental fees range between $2000 and $5000 dollars per event day for corporate or
for-profit rentals. Fees are reduced for non-profit groups. Our final pricing is
based on a number of factors including staffing needs, number of attendees,
production needs, and tax-exempt status. Rental fees and services are tailored
to your event but typically include use of the building or designated room,
museum staffing, and an event manager. Use of additional equipment will be
assessed at the time of your rental inquiry and included in the pricing
The following equipment is available for your
special event; additional fees for usage and professional technicians will
Our state-of-the-art sound system, designed specifically for our building, is
capable of accommodating multiple performers or speakers as well as broadcasting
CDs or iPods.
A complete theatre lighting system is available for spot-lighting performers,
stage and speakers.
Stage A full
modular staging system is available, in 8’x4’ or 4’4 pieces. Most staging
configurations require at least 3 - 4 pieces.
Screen & projectors
A 10’ quiet controlled screen, mounted from ceiling truss, LCD projector and
slide projector are available.
pianist will be delighted to know that our 1929 Mason Hamlin Grand Piano is
available for use. A tuning fee applies.
Podium, Tables & Some
chairs and an oak podium are available.
The caterers and vendors listed below provide high quality services for events
large and small at Old South Meeting House. All of our recommended vendors are
familiar with our unique historic setting and our food preparation and setup
restrictions. These exceptional quality vendors can accommodate a range of
tastes and budgets, are full service and can arrange for rentals of all
equipment such as tables, linens, chairs, flatware, and glassware.
You may use your own caterer with an additional security deposit.
Boston Cafe and Catering: (781) 938-9300, firstname.lastname@example.org,
The Catered Affair: (781) 982-9333,
Cuisine Chez Vous:
East Meets West: 212 Old Colony Avenue, Boston, MA
02127-- (617) 269-2662
Gourmet Caterers: (617) 522-2820,
& Fresh Catering: (617) 445-3663,
Tables of Content
Catering: (617) 363-0404,
If alcohol is to be served at your event, we require that the server(s) are
licensed and insured. A certificate of insurance evidencing liquor liability
coverage must be forwarded to us by your server(s) prior to the event. Liquor
service must be discontinued one-half hour prior to the end of your event.
Insurance and Licenses
Any licenses required by the city or state are the responsibility of the renter.
Proof of insurance coverage must be provided by the renter and vendors
contracted by the renter.
Police and /or security coverage may be required at the discretion of the Old
South Meeting House. Securing and payment for such coverage shall be the
responsibility of the renter.
Please fill out the online
Event Rental Application or request
one via mail or email. We will prepare an estimate for you with
some basic information: estimated attendance,
approximate times needed, special setup requests (sound, lighting, stage), and
discuss your event and check availability, call our
Director of Marketing and Events at (617) 482-6439 or by
An Event Rental Application is required for our staff to provide an estimate of
1773 mass protest meetings that led to the Boston Tea Party, Old South Meeting
House has served as a gathering place for discussion and celebration and a haven
for free speech. The mission of the Old South Association today is to preserve
the Meeting House and its history as inspiring symbols of free speech and
democratic ideals; to sustain its tradition as an active community meeting place
for the free exchange of ideas; and to provide a place where people can connect
with issues of the past and today. In support of this mission, Old
South Meeting House
offers community organizations with qualified* events an opportunity to
collaborate in presenting these events to the public.
for event to be considered as a Partners in Public Dialogue program, it
be presented on behalf of a non-profit or
be educational, cultural, or civic in nature
be open to the general public
be free or available at a nominal cost
communicate and/or exchange ideas in a panel
discussion, lecture , artistic presentation, forum or similar
be publicized widely to the general public
event is chosen as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue
program, Old South Meeting House will co-sponsor
the event, waiving the standard fees for the building rental, normally a cost of
$1,000 to $2,500. Direct costs for staffing,
sound system or other equipment are greatly discounted and are the sole
responsibility of the Partners in Public Dialogue
applicant. Old South Meeting House staff will help you plan both the
publicity and the logistics of the event. Specific
responsibilities and expectations are outlined separately.
To learn more about Partners in Public Dialogue, or to receive an
event application, please contact email@example.com
or call (617) 482-6439. Upon receiving your completed application, a
representative from Old South Meeting House will contact you to discuss specific
details of your event and to arrange for an on-site consultation.