A party goes better if the party venue is interesting. A wide range of parties have been held in the museum and guests often comment on their surprise at a party being held in a museum - and what a good idea it was! There is room for dancing, a disco or live musicians (live amplified music requires our prior agreement), and space for a buffet to be served by your free choice of caterer. Usually there is a bar set up on the first floor. Sometimes food is served downstairs, sometimes upstairs. We host parties with music on Fridays and Saturdays or other days when the following day is a public holiday. The museum is in a residential area and the volume needs to be carefully controlled but this does not mean you can't have a great party. We've had Christmas, birthday, Bar Mitzvah and company celebrations, and we can advise you on how to make the best use of the building.
The large room is suitable for disco dancing and for barn dances or ballroom dancing and for childrens' parties (but not for ball games). There are few restrictions on how you can decorate the museum.
Add a boat trip
A boat trip on the Regent's Canal could bring your guests to the museum from Camden, Islington, or, time permitting, a starting point further along the historic Regent's Canal. Boats can be hired to convey up to about 70 people and the museum has its own mooring where guests can walk straight off the boat into the building. We can advise you about the arrangements if you are interested in this option to make your day extra special. Of course, you could also organise out-and-back boat trips for smaller groups as part of the fun!
Entertainment adds to an occasion and you can bring in a comedian, magician, juggler, or other entertainer if you wish.
Times and Availability
The museum is open to the public every day except Mondays, from 1000 to 1630. The museum is available for private functions from 1630 onwards. Our conference room is available to be booked for storage on the day of the function and also afterwards. This means you can have things delivered before 1630 on the day, your caterers can start preparing, and everyone can be ready more quickly once the hire period starts. If your guests are due to arrive before all the preparations have been completed, on the first floor, they will be happy enjoying a reception on the ground floor whilst catering staff complete their work. Guests should not normally arrive before 1630.
Most events held at the museum are for invited guests only, or for members of a club or society. If you wish to hold an event to which the public are admitted, or for fund-raising or profit, you will need to issue a Temporary Event Notice under the Licensing Act 2003. We suggest discussing your plans wth us at an early stage.