Rent the Museum

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Rent the building? You bet!

The Museum has hosted many successful events over the last 25 years, including weddings, gala events, and conferences. The historic backdrop offers a unique environment for a variety of occasions.  The Museum grounds are a historic part of downtown Waco. The surrounding buildings, including the former Behren’s Drug Company and Magnolia Market at the Silos, are also key players in Waco’s history.

There are several meeting space options for both indoor and outdoor events. A parking lot is available at no charge across the street, and the entire Museum is ADA compliant. Tables, chairs, and additional audio visual equipment is available to rent upon request.

Contact Sam Torres at 254-757-1024 ext. 140 or [email protected] to book a room for a rental or for questions about our rental spaces and pricing.

AMBC Building

The historic 1906 Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company Building houses the original three floors of exhibits visitors can experience at the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute. The AMBC Building is ideal for standing-only mingling among historic artifacts and classic architecture. We recommend booking one of our other meeting spaces for seated events.

Rental Rates

Evening Rental (6 PM – 1 AM): $500
All evening rentals require security through the Waco Police Department. There is a three hour minimum and the rate is $35 per hour.

Self-guided tours of the AMBC Building can be added for an additional charge of $3 per person as part of a rental of any of our meeting rooms. Guided tours for rentals are booked on a case-by-case basis depending on staff availability.

Capacity:

Please contact us for more information about building capacity of the AMBC Building

Included:

  • Sound system available for one floor

East Wing Building

The East Wing Building houses Frosty’s Soda Shop, Peggy Pepper’s Emporium, the Emerson Holt – Ted Getterman Exhibit Gallery, as well as the Presidents Board Room and the Hillcrest Conference Center. The East Wing Building is the newly-renovated 1882 Kellum-Rotan Building, which was a wholesale grocery company and is one of the oldest buildings in Downtown Waco. While this building was not directly involved in the bottling or manufacture of Dr Pepper, it was the neighbor of the Dr Pepper Company for many years. We are happy to have been able to save this piece of history in Waco.

Renting the entire East Wing Building includes the use of one of our conference rooms and self-guided access to the Emerson Holt – Ted Getterman Exhibit Gallery for your group. Use of the Gift Shop and Soda Fountain spaces is available for evening rentals only and depends on the type of event as well as seasonal availability. Please contact us for more information about the use of the Gift Shop and Soda Fountain space or pricing on including treats from the Soda Fountain in your rental.

Rental Rates:

Day Rental (8 AM – 6 PM): $600
Evening Rental (6 PM – 1 AM): $500
All evening rentals require security through the Waco Police Department. There is a three hour minimum and the rate is $35 per hour.

Self-guided tour access to exhibit spaces in the historic Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company Building is available for an additional charge of $3 per person. Guided tours for rentals are booked on a case-by-case basis depending on staff availability.

Capacity:

Please see information for individual conference rooms

Included:

  • Please see information for individual conference rooms

Hillcrest Conference Center

The Hillcrest Conference Center is located in the East Wing Building of the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute. The open space can accommodate a variety of table and seating configurations, and is a popular choice for rehearsal dinners and presentations that require theater-style seating. Additional space is available in the lobby area when you rent the Hillcrest Conference Center depending on other scheduled programs.

Rental Rates:

Day Rental (8 AM – 6 PM): $250
Evening Rental (6 PM – 1 AM): $500
Hourly Rate (2 hour minimum): $50/hour
All evening rentals require security through the Waco Police Department. There is a three hour minimum and the rate is $35 per hour.

Self-guided tour access to exhibit spaces in the historic Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company Building and the East Wing Building is available for an additional charge of $3 per person. Guided tours for rentals are booked on a case-by-case basis depending on staff availability.

Access to the Soda Fountain and Gift Shop is available during evening rentals only.  Please contact us for information about rental rates for these spaces or pricing for adding treats from the Soda Fountain to your rental.

Room Size:

1,528 square feet

Capacity:

Standing – 100
Theater Style – 100
Seated – 70-80

Included:

  • Drop down screen
  • Overhead projector (VGA/HMDI)
  • DVD Player
  • Wireless microphone
  • Podium available upon request
  • Wi-Fi access

Presidents Board Room

The Presidents Board Room is located in the East Wing Building of the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute.  This space is ideal for small to medium meetings and retreats.

Rental Rates

Day Rental (8 AM – 6 PM): $300
Hourly Rate (2 hour minimum): $60/hour
Not available for evening rentals.

Self-guided tour access to exhibit spaces in the historic Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company Building is available for an additional charge of $3 per person. Guided tours for rentals are booked on a case-by-case basis depending on staff availability.

Room Size:

A variety of table configurations are available.

Capacity:

Up to 40 depending on table configuration.

Included:

  • 70″ flat screen TV (VGA/HDMI)
  • Sound system available
  • Webcam with view of entire room
  • Executive leather chairs
  • Wi-Fi access

The Museum Courtyard

The courtyard spans the space between the two Museum buildings and can accommodate a 40’ x 60’ tent. There are permanent canopies that offer shade, as well as a raised dock area. The entire courtyard is wired to accommodate the electrical needs of almost any size event.

Rental Rates:

Evening Rental (6 PM – 1 AM): $500
Combination Rate with AMBC Building: $800
Combination Rate with East Wing Building: $800
Combination Rate with AMBC and East Wing Building: $1200
The courtyard is only available for rentals in the evening. During the day it is a public space that cannot be closed due to Museum visitor traffic. All evening rentals require security through the Waco Police Department. There is a three hour minimum and the rate is $35 per hour.

Self-guided tour access to exhibit spaces in the historic Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company Building is available for an additional charge of $3 per person. Guided tours for rentals are booked on a case-by-case basis depending on staff availability.

Room Size:

3100 square feet of continuous usable space

Capacity:

Standing – Up to 1000
Seated – 200 to 400 depending on table configuration

Included:

  • Sound system available
  • Restroom access in East Wing Building during Courtyard only rental

Auditorium Stage

Auditorium Seating

You can enjoy our Soda Fountain as our friendly soda jerks shoot you an old fashion Dr Pepper float. Be sure to call the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute to schedule your next event.

Email Sam Torres at [email protected] to check rental prices, date availability, or to ask questions. You can also call 254.757.1024 extension 140.

*Soda fountain and entire museum are available for rental only after normal hours.