Museum Rentals 

The Rahr-West Art Museum offers an affordable, incomparable experience for your special event. 

Rooms are available for birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, and family and class reunions. Gallery space is available for corporate parties, recitals and weddings.

Lounge Reception 2018

Parties & Showers

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The Rahr-West Art Museum is a spectacular choice for a birthday party or shower! With space to accommodate up to 75, guests are welcome to tour the galleries or create a unique party package with one of our many activities.

Corporate Events & Receptions

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The Rahr-West Art Museum galleries are an exquisite space for corporate events or wedding receptions. Depending on the space selected, galleries can accommodate groups over 200.

Meeting Rooms

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The Rahr-West Art Museum offers meeting space which can be adapted for board and business meetings, strategic planning sessions or round table discussions. Media technology needs can also be met. Group tours may be arranged to enhance your meeting experience.


Wedding 2018

The Rahr-West Art Museum offers an elegant, intimate location to hold a one of a kind wedding. Ceremonies may be held in the beautiful Vilas-Rahr mansion's Center Gallery. Photo opportunities are plentiful both inside and out, with the beautiful artwork and grand architecture of the mansion.

Activities & Tours

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The Rahr-West Art Museum offers a variety of fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Activities may be done as party of a party package or as a stand-alone project. All activities are lead by our knowledgeable instructors and all materials are supplied.

Docent lead tours are also available by appointment.


Ruth West Recital 2018

Gallery space at the Rahr-West Art Museum makes for an elegant place to host a recital, particularly piano recitals, allowing for use of the museum's grand piano.

Rental Policy Statement

The Rahr-West Art Museum is a not-for-profit, tax-supported institution, operating as a department of the City of Manitowoc. The Museum will make space available for rental by outside parties on a limited basis, provided it does not interfere with the operations of the Museum, with Museum programming, or with any City governmental need. Indoor spaces are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to the established policies and criteria of usage. The grounds are not available for rent.

The Museum will not rent space for fundraising activities that do not directly or indirectly support or enhance the mission of the museum or the promotion of other cultural activities within the area.

Activities that interfere with the use of a public exhibition space for more than one day will be considered at the discretion of the Director and the Board of Directors. One of the primary purposes of the museum is to serve the public through exhibition. Therefore, rental of the facility for non-museum related functions should not interfere with public accessibility.