Facility Rentals

Old photo of men celebrating and opening a bottle of champagne.

Looking to host a small event or meeting? Let the Thunder Bay Museum be that place.

The Thunder Bay Museum offers a unique, creative setting for your meetings and special occasions:

  • Corporate Meetings
  • Retirement Parties
  • Seminars/Workshops/Lectures
  • Baby/Bridal Showers
  • Receptions
  • Holiday Celebrations
  • Birthday Parties
  • Reunions
  • And so much more!

Our spaces can be rented during or after hours, seven days a week (subject to availability).

Available Rooms

We have two rental rooms available:

  • The Murphy Room, located on the second-floor
  • The Multi-Purpose Room, located on the third-floor
Murphy Room

Murphy Room

Approximate Size: 20’w x 40′ long
Available: September – June
Capacity: 24 people with fixed seating & tables OR 35 people standing room with small chair groupings.

The Murphy Room best suits groups under 24 people with tables and chairs. standing room with small chair groupings must not exceed 35 people.

Multi-Purpose Room

Multi-Purpose Room

Approximate Size: 30’w x 36′ long
Available: Year Round
Capacity: 35-80 at tables depending on size & configuration, 75 people seated in rows or standing.

The Multi-Purpose room is a lovely private area on the 3rd floor. Numbers range from 35-80 depending on your need.

Additional Services

Coat Check

The Museum can provide up to two coat racks upon request, but we have no separate, lockable or supervised coat check. Please note that we are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

Parking & Accessibility

Free parking is available to the east side of the building in both the paved and gravel lots.

The building is fully accessible including an access ramp, automatic door openers, elevator, and washrooms.

Audio-Visual Presentations

The Murphy Room has a built-in screen for audio-visual presentations. A projector is available to rent for either room.


Free public WiFi is available throughout the Museum.

Washroom Facilities

Fully accessible washrooms are located on each floor of the Museum. Staff will direct you to the closest ones upon arrival. Please inform your guests as to their location.

Food Preparation

The kitchen is shared with Museum staff and therefore food preparation should be done prior to arrival.


There is a refrigerator available in the kitchen for beverages and food. Please note that there is limited space available in it because it is shared with Museum staff.

Ice & Freezers

We do not provide ice, but there is a freezer in the kitchen if you wish to store bagged ice.

Liquor License

We do not have a liquor license. You must provide your own or have your caterer provide one.


We do provide white round or rectangular tablecloths. There is a flat fee of $10 to use them.

Exhibit Galleries

During the Museum’s visitor hours galleries remain open to the public. Visitors are notified of events taking place and asked to not disturb. Event attendees are free to explore the galleries during this time as well.


Most loading/unloading happens through the Museum’s front door. Please arrange with us if you require admittance through our loading dock and/or if you require a dolly/cart.