Rental Space and Birthday Parties

Have your next special occasion at the Highlands Museum.

Highlands Center is now open and ready for rentals.  This newly renovated floor of our building is the perfect location for weddings, reunions, conferences, and much more.  Highlands Center can hold up to 500 people with tables and a dance floor and over 600 with audience style seating.   The rental rate for Highlands Center is $1500 for the whole floor and covers up to 685 people for a time slot of 9am to 12am.  Highlands Center can also accommodate smaller groups with 200 people or less.  For $750 guest can rent half of the space for a time slot of 9am to 12am.

Highlands Center is conveniently connected with the Community Trust Parking Garage located behind the museum.  Garage parking and tables and chairs are included in the cost of a Highlands Center Rental.  For more  information about Highlands Center and to set up an appointment to view the space call the museum at 606-329-8888.

Children’s Birthday Parties


Birthday Party Room

Basic Birthday

$135 for members
$150 for non-members


  • Use of the party room for a total of 3 hours.
  • Admission for 30 adults and children.
  • Access to the Discovery Center.

Wild Animal Show Parties


  • Use of the party room for a total of 3 hours.
  • Admission for 30 adults and children.
  • Access to the Discovery Center.

$185 for members
$200 for non-members

The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center is excited to partner with Gary Bussa to present Des Coveries Wild Animal Show Parties.  Bussa is an experienced animal husbandress who trained under Suzie Rapp at Jack Hanna’s Columbus Zoo and worked for the Museum of Discovery and Science in south Florida.  He performs for party guests as Dr. Des Coveries, a Indiana Jones-like character he wrote in his educational shows for schools while in Florida.  Dr. Des Coveries is excited to share his passion for animals and exploration with the region’s youth!

Our Wild Animal Show parties are the perfect mix of fun and education for your child’s next birthday. Bussa has a variety of different animals including reptiles and arthropods.  He and museum staff will work with you to create a memorable experience for your child’s party

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Princess Parties

We hope you will love the newest addition to our themed birthday lineup.  Our Princess of the Highlands interacts with the children and talks to them about what it really means to be a princess: being kind and respectful of others and setting an example to those around you.  The birthday girl is in for a special surprise when she is crowned “Princess for a Day”.

Set-up for all types of parties may begin a half-hour before scheduled party time.  The party room must be cleared within a half-hour after scheduled party time.  Museum members and children under age 2 do not count toward the admission.  After the first 30 people, $3.50 per person will be added to your birthday party balance.  All Birthday parties must book the party room in advance.

For $15, we can clean up for you!

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A DEPOSIT OF $50 IS DUE WHEN BOOKING YOUR PARTY.  The balance must be paid the day of the party.

 Birthday party guests are expected to follow museum etiquette guidelines. The museum will be open to other guests.