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Put A Playful Spin On Your Next Special Event

Situated in the heart of downtown Dover, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire offers a spectacular space for your next family-oriented event. Housed in the historic and fully renovated armory building, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire features innovative exhibits designed to entertain and delight guests of all ages. Our unique facility accommodates any type of gathering from holiday parties, family reunions and summer outings to corporate events.

The memorable Children's Museum of New Hampshire setting includes beautiful views of the Cocheco River and surrounding historic mill buildings. The Children's Museum of New Hampshire's central location and easy parking offers added convenience.

How many guests can we accommodate?

Full rental of the Children's Museum during private hours will accommodate up to 300 people for a cocktail-style reception and up to 80 people for a seated event. For smaller business meetings or parties during public hours, our Deep Sea classroom provides tables and seating for up to 30 adults.

Facility Rentals Also Include:

  • Exclusive use of the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, featuring 16,000 square feet of creative exhibits, an art gallery and meeting rooms

  • Unique space that can easily accommodate up to 300 people

  • Easy access for event set-up including a loading dock, elevator, separate prep space and refrigeration for professional catering needs

  • Convenient parking for attendees

  • Public address system (Bluetooth compatible) for music and announcements

  • 3 hours, including set-up and breakdown, starting as early as 5:30pm Friday evenings, or 12:30pm on Sundays

  • Access to tables in a variety of shapes and heights that can be positioned as needed throughout the Children's Museum of New Hampshire.

  • An eclectic collection of many child and adult-sized chairs, as well as creative seating options throughout the Children's Museum of New Hampshire

  • Experienced Children's Museum of New Hampshire staff on-hand to support your function and keep the Children's Museum of New Hampshire looking its best during the event

  • Custodial and event planning assistance

Rental Times

Museum rentals during private hours are available:
Tuesdays - Fridays between 4:30-7:30pm
Sunday afternoons between 1-4pm

If you are interested in having your museum rental at a different time or day of the week, please contact us to see if we can accommodate your request:

Rates for a 3-hour Museum rental during private hours:

  • Events for 30-60 people: $800

  • 61-100 people: $1,000

  • 101-150 people: $1,200

  • 151-200 people: $1,600

  • 201-300 people: $2,000

Additional Time Beyond 3 Hours: $200/hour

Rates include setup and breakdown by Museum staff inside the three-hour rental time.

Museum Members, as well as non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status receive a 10% discount on facility rentals.

Food and Beverage Service

The Children's Museum of NH does not provide food or beverage service for rentals. We would be happy to recommend area food and beverage service providers to you upon request. Any event requiring catering service must be pre-approved by the Children's Museum. Museum staff, caterer, and lessee should meet at least two weeks prior to the event to discuss arrangements and final details.

If you plan to serve alcohol at your event, alcohol service must be provided by a New Hampshire licensed caterer and be served and consumed in accordance with New Hampshire state regulations.

To Book a Rental

To schedule a tour for your customized event or if you have any questions concerning a Children's Museum of New Hampshire rental, contact us at 603-742-2002 or email

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