Rental Space


Enjoy your Baby Shower, Wedding Shower, Family Reunion, or another elegant party at the Barnes Mansion or inside the Burpee Museum! Burpee presents a picturesque and practical setting for your event, from beautiful riverfront views to hip urban cocktail spaces and spacious banquet halls. Call (815) 965-3433 or email for more information!

Rental Services

Event patrons may enjoy the museum free of charge on the day of your event during normal museum operating hours. Tables and chairs are included in your rental and will be set up to your specifications. Burpee staff will be on-site throughout the event, including guest services, facilities, and custodial staff. Projectors and screens are available.


Burpee Museum is excited to share our Preferred Vendors for rentals.

  • ABC Catering
  • Franchesco’s Ristorante
  • Green Fire Restaurant Bar & Bakery
  • Mary’s Market
  • Prairie Street Brewing

The Barnes Mansion was built in the late 1800’s, and we have kept the original woodwork and craftsmanship throughout the building. The mansion is known for high ceilings, open rooms, and its elegance.

The Barnes Mansion holds elegant parties and helps create an atmosphere that you will never forget!

This space will hold a max of 50 people (seating depending on the event); we will provide tables and chairs, and our event liaison will help with your event.

Burpee Museum will not provide linens.

The Mahlburg Auditorium is perfect for larger events like corporate lunches, company workshops, and wedding ceremonies (etc.) that need more space. The auditorium can hold a max of 150 people (seating depending on the event)!


Burpee Museum still has room for bigger events! Located on the riverfront, the Riverview Room and Auditorium along with the adjacent outdoor Terrace and Amphitheater can hold a max of  250 people (seating depending on the event). This amazing space is perfect for wedding receptions, large birthdays, school dances, or graduation parties.