Morris-Jumel Mansion provides an exciting and unique location for your special event. Your wedding, business meeting, birthday party or anniversary, will be all the more memorable when you hold it at Manhattan’s oldest house.
Because Morris-Jumel Mansion is a significant historic site, and an operating museum, certain restrictions apply to the use of the site:
Indoor events may not conflict with the hours of operation of the museum. Therefore, they may be held on a Monday, a Tuesday, or after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Outdoor events may coincide with museum hours but may not disrupt museum operations. Set-up may begin no earlier than 9:00 a.m. on the day of the event and may not interfere with normal Museum operations.
Special events are held in the first-floor octagonal drawing room, the first-floor hall, and the second-floor hall. Food and drink may be served in these areas only.
Tented affairs are held on the north lawn.
Capacity varies according to the type of event:
Sit-down dinners…30 people
Receptions, cocktail buffets…100 people
Tented affair (April – October only)…250 people
The museum may remove some furniture and collection objects from the areas to be used prior to the event. All remaining museum property may not be moved, used, or touched, except by museum personnel or by special arrangement. The renter is liable for any damage associated with the event.
Smoking is not permitted in the building.
Special use rental of the Mansion is open to museum members at the $250 (Roger Morris Circle) level or higher. A minimum fee of $2,000 will be charged for special use of the Mansion. (The membership fee may be applied toward the minimum fee). Such members may rent the site for $350 per hour, calculated from the time guests arrive until clean-up is complete and the renter has departed the site.
A refundable damage deposit of $150 will be due 15 days prior to the event.
Payment for the full estimated duration of the event, by certified check, or money order, is due by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the event.
Overtime expenses will be calculated in 15 minute intervals. Overtime payment is due before the renter departs the site. Additional fees may apply depending upon specific use of the site.
Insurance and Permits
The renter is financially responsible for any damage or loss of Morris-Jumel Mansion property and for any personal injury occurring as a result of or due to the special event.
A certificate of insurance, showing personal liability coverage with a single limit of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence for bodily and property damage resulting from or during the event, must be on file with the museum 15 days before the event. This certificate must list Morris-Jumel Mansion (65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY 10032) and the City of New York (830 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10021) as co-insured.
An amplification permit must be obtained from the local police precinct for all outdoor events featuring music. Amplification is permitted until 8:00 PM only.
The Morris-Jumel Mansion will provide staff members and trustees to function as museum security personnel.
The renter will provide two door attendants.
Sub-Contractors and Deliveries
Only licensed caterers will be permitted to serve food at the Mansion.
The renter will be responsible for arranging caterers, a clean-up crew, and any other contractors (such as servers and florists), and for renting tents, linen, tables, and chairs.
Caterers must be approved by the staff of the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Museum staff can provide a list of suggested caterers.
No barbecuing or other open fires are permitted.
Supplies and portable furniture for special events may only be delivered the afternoon of the event, and must be retrieved immediately following the event by the following morning (including Sunday). The Museum is not liable for the delivered or stored property.
All deliveries (except portable furniture) should be made via the east stairs to the basement receiving entrance. Portable furniture may be delivered through the west entrance only. Hand trucks and other wheeled vehicles are not permitted on the stone stairs of the south entrance. Delivery vehicles may not block the entrance gate.
Decoration of the museum is not allowed except under direct supervision of the staff. Decorations which may damage any part of the historical structure (including the use of nails, screws, staples, or tape on any floor, wall, window, window sill, door, or ceiling) are prohibited.
Flowers may be brought into the museum but are not allowed on any museum furnishings or collections. Free-standing floral arrangements are allowed, but placement may not conflict with any fire code regulations.
Fires in the fireplace, burning candles, and any other open fires are not permitted.
Museum furniture and collections may not be used and should be moved only by museum personnel.
The renter will arrange to clean up the facilities after the event. All facilities must be left clean and orderly.
All refuse will be placed in heavy-gauge plastic bags and deposited in the green refuse cans at the gate.
Smoking is not permitted in the building. The renter will provide ashtrays at all entrances.
Serving liquor is permitted, but the renter is discouraged to offer red wine for events held inside the Mansion, as it stains.
Alcohol may not be served to anyone under the age of 21.
Liquor may not be sold at a cash bar.
Notice of Liability
Morris-Jumel Mansion is a fragile structure with a museum collection. The renter is liable for all costs incurred by the Museum for repair of any and all damage to the structure or collection associated with the rental. The museum has final judgment regarding if repairs will be necessary, and all repairs will be made by individuals chosen by the museum. The museum has the right to stop an event at any time for any reason deemed necessary by the museum.
All applications for special use are subject to availability and must be approved by the Board of Trustees or Executive Committee of the Morris-Jumel Mansion. The museum does not guarantee that its facilities are appropriate for the purposes for which they are permitted to be rented, and potential renters are advised to inspect the facilities for suitability before submitting an application.
Renting a museum differs from renting a banquet hall. Morris-Jumel Mansion is a fragile structure and museum collection of historical and cultural significance. Renting this Museum requires special considerations, which are outlined in this agreement. It is the responsibility of museum representatives to protect the public interest of the museum; they have the authority to stop a rental at any time in order to protect the museum.
To download the application form, click here.
We recommend that you also contact the museum directly to discuss your event.
To get an exclusive price quote please contact the Morris-Jumel Mansion executive director’s office at 212-923-8008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org