Host Your Next Event at the Newly Renovated Birdcraft Museum
For more than 100 years, Birdcraft has served as a gateway to our region’s natural history. With a sanctuary for birds to rest, feed, and nest, and a museum to place Connecticut’s birds and their habitats in the wider context of conservation, Birdcraft has provided enriching educational experiences for generations. Mabel Osgood Wright, a pioneer woman of her time, founded the Connecticut Audubon Society in 1898 and in 1914, established Birdcraft, the first bird sanctuary in the nation. The landscape surrounding the museum was designed for birds, to offer them respite and habitat.
Birdcraft Museum is a perfect setting to host your next upcoming event. By renting with us, not only will you enjoy your event in this charming space, but you will also support our efforts in conservation and education. The grounds continue to support many diverse birds today, so you can look forward to sharing this beautiful nature retreat with them during your event.
|• Board & Company Retreats||• Product Launches|
|• Presentations, Lectures & Seminars||• Leadership & Networking Events|
|• Brainstorming, Team Building & Development Workshops||• Fundraisers|
|• Strategic Planning Sessions||• Holiday & Appreciation Celebrations|
|• Wedding Ceremony & Reception||• Bar & Bat Mitzvahs|
|• Bridal & Baby Showers||• Graduation Parties|
|• Bris & Baby Namings||• Family & School Reunions|
|• Anniversary & Birthday Celebrations||• Memorial Services|
We are able to host 65 seated and 125 cocktail style.
Base Rental Fee: 4-hour minimum per rental, including time needed for setup and cleanup. Tables and seating for up to 48 included in rental (six eight-person, 60-inch round tables and white folding chairs). Nonprofit discount: 20% discount 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and a 10% discount from Friday – Sunday.
|Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.:||$500 for 4 hours, with $100 per hour thereafter|
|Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.:||$800 for 4 hours, with $150 per hour thereafter|
|Friday – Sunday, 3 p.m. – midnight:||$1,200 for 4 hours, with $200 per hour thereafter|
*Additional fees include: on-site attendant, event coordination, cleaning and Museum Family Membership. With events for more than 30 people, Birdcraft requires parking attendant services.
AV Equipment Included
|• Large TV Screen||• Microphone|
|• Surround-sound||• Wifi|
|• Sonos||• Speakerphone and Phone-line Capabilities|
The scenic and spacious deck at Birdcraft is available as a separate rental. The rate is $300 for 4 hours, which also includes an indoor staging area.
The deck dimensions are 16 ft. x 40 ft. and can hold 30 people for sit down and 60 for cocktails.
Renter must provide$1,000,000 certificate of liability insurance for general liability within 45 days of the event including Birdcraft Museum/The Connecticut Audubon Society as additional insurer.
Availability and Further Information
To check available dates, venue tours and more information please contact Ashley Keller, Birdcraft Museum Event Coordinator, at 203-556-9695 or via email.
From I-95: Take Exit 21. Go north on Mill Plain Road for about a half mile. Turn right onto Unquowa Road. After you go under the I-95 overpass, immediately turn left into our driveway and parking lot.
From I-84: Take Routes 25, 8, or 91 south to Merritt Parkway and follow directions below.
From Merritt Parkway (Route 15): Take Exit 44.
Northbound: Turn right onto Congress Street.
Southbound: Turn left at the light; go about 200 yards and turn left onto Black Rock Turnpike; take first right turn onto Congress Street.
From Congress Street: Turn left at first stop sign (Burr Street) and go straight (Burr Street turns into Mill Plain Road) to the 4th stop sign. Turn left onto Unquowa Road. After you go under the I-95 overpass, immediately turn left into our driveway and parking lot.