An Evening Under the Dome

A memorable event deserves a remarkable setting. Hold your next event under the dome at the History Museum.

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Photo courtesy of Noah Hawthorne.


Photo courtesy of Brunk Photography.

Wedding Ceremony in the Rotunda

The San Mateo County History Museum will add an aura of historical presence to your wedding day. Light streams through the magnificent stained glass, domed ceiling of the rotunda, landing on handsome mosaic floors.

Dance Under the Dome

Enjoy your after dinner celebration dancing under the dome. Stately, marble columns, topped by elaborately carved capitals, line the walls of the Grand Rotunda.


Photo courtesy of Brunk Photography.



The Museum plays host to a variety of corporate functions, whether a holiday party, annual company event, or cocktail reception. Entertain 200 guests under the dome in downtown Redwood City.

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Dinner in the Courtroom

Enjoy dining in the classic elegance of Courtroom A. This magnificently restored courtroom with its stained glass ceiling provides a one of a kind dining experience.

Photos courtesy of Mayer Photography.


Rental Pricing by Location & Time

Entire Courthouse, $5,000 for 4-8 hrs
First Floor Rotunda Only, $3,900 for 4-8 hrs
Catering Kitchen, $445 for 4-8 hrs
2nd Floor Rotunda & Courtroom A, $3,600 for 4-8 hrs
Exhibit Galleries Open, $560 for 2 hrs only
Atkinson Meeting Room Only, $400/hr with 2-hr min.
Courtroom A Only, $495/hr with 2-hr min.
Janitorial Service, $440
Filming/Photo Shoot, $430/hr with 2-hr min.
Wedding Ceremony Only, $850 with 2-hr min.

Additional Fees

For groups over 200 add $300.
Furniture moving for Courtroom A add $250.
Dinner table rental is $10 each. Round tables seat 8-10. The maximum capacity for a sit down dinner is 150.
Security Service add $300 for 6 hours, minimum.
Use of A/V system in Courtroom A add $200.
Outside catering fee (not on approved vendor list) add $785.

Full Service coordination available add 15%.


Photos courtesy of Mayer Photography.


Bash Catering, 650.692.2233
Bianchini’s Market, 650.722.6512
Cheat A Little Catering, 650.227.1125
Crystal Springs Catering, 650.365.5070
Events Etc., 650.952.1110
Hugh Groman Catering, 510.647.5165

Our caterers can provide specialty and cultural dishes upon request. There is a $785 fee for outside caterers.


Brunk Photography, 415.722.9430
Dawdy Photography, 650.588.5400
Noah Hawthorne Photography, 805.748.6472
Richard Mayer Photography, 650.465.3673

Party Planner

Paul Alexander Events, 415.828.1506


Photo courtesy of Noah Hawthorne.

Rental Insurance Requirements

The History Museum (SMCHM) does not carry insurance for damage to or loss of property belonging to the Renter or its vendors. Renter assumes full responsibility for the theft of, loss of, or damage to their property and equipment at all times.

Damage to or loss of SMCHM property is the full responsibility of the Renter.

The Renter will indemnify, save harmless, and defend the SMCHM from all liability, claims, loss, damage, or injury to persons or property in any manner arising out of or incident to the performance of this agreement, including without limitation all consequential damages, save and except claims or litigation arising out of the sole negligence or willful misconduct of the SMCHM.

Renter shall procure at its sole cost and expense and keep in effect at all time during the term of this agreement Commercial General Liability insurance covering its use and occupancy of the SMCHM. Such policy shall include Contractual Liability insurance applying to Renter indemnity obligation under this agreement. Such coverage shall have a minimum limit of liability of $1,000,000 per occurrence. The Renter insurance coverage shall name as additional insured the SMCHM, the County of San Mateo, and their officers, officials, employees and volunteers. Such coverage shall be primary as respects to these entities and any insurance of self-insurance maintained by the SMCHM, the County of San Mateo, their officers, officials, employees or volunteers shall be excess of the Renter insurance and shall not contribute to it.

Companies licensed to do business in the State of California shall provide the insurance acquired of the Renter hereunder. Prior to the commencement of this agreement, Renter shall deliver to the SMCHM a certificate evidencing the existence and amount of such insurance. Renter agrees that it shall require any and all insurance companies which provide the coverage required herein to guarantee that not such policies shall be cancelable or subject to reduction of coverage limits or other material modification except after 30 days prior written notice to the SMCHM.

Contact Our Rental Department

For more information on rentals, please contact us at 650.299.0104, ext. 225 or via email.


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