The A&H’s Maitland Center is honored to be Greater Orlando’s only National Historic Landmark, designating its importance to the heritage of the entire nation. We offer five special event spaces between the Maitland Art Center and Lake Lily campuses. These breathtaking historic spaces are perfect for your wedding, anniversary, milestone event, and more. Please browse the sections below for answers to your questions.
If you require further assistance, please contact our Events Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-539-2181 (ext. 253).
- How do I book a tour?
We would be more than happy to schedule a guided tour for you to view our venues! Our tour hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM. Since most of our private events occur on the weekends, we are limited to scheduling guided tours during the week. If you want to do a self-guided tour of the Chapel and Mayan Courtyard or Main Garden on the weekend, we ask that you check with our event manager to ensure the spaces are free of private events. Fill out our contact form, email EVENTS@ARTANDHISTORY.ORG, or call 407-539-2181 (ext. 253), for availability.
- I’m out of town. How can I see the property?
You can take a 3D Virtual Tour here: https://vimeo.com/312813553
- How far out do you book events?
We can only book events within 18 months of the current date.
- Will you save my date?
We offer a seven (7) day complimentary hold on dates while the contract is drafted and processed.
- What is your booking and cancellation policy?
Booking: To reserve a facility, payment for one-half of the total rental fee must accompany the completed and signed contract. The balance of rental and the full security deposit ($500) are due 60 days before the event. The full rental fee and security deposit are due at time of contract if your reservation is within 60 days of the event.
Cancellation: If you cancel a reservation the rental fee already paid is non-refundable. Outside 90 days of your event date, you may transfer your event date once with a $200 fee. Additional changes will be counted as a cancellation, resulting in forfeiture of rental fees paid to date. With 60-day notice or less, any event cancellation or date changes will result in the loss of all rental fees paid to date, however the Refundable Security Deposit will be refunded. All cancellations must be received in writing to be refunded the Refundable Security Deposit.
- Is there a security deposit?
We require a $500 refundable damages deposit for all bookings at A&H. This payment is due 60 days prior to your event.
- Can I schedule a rehearsal?
Yes, renters are given a complimentary rehearsal for one hour during our office hours (Monday – Friday anytime between 10 AM – 4 PM per availability). Rehearsals must be scheduled ahead of time with our event manager.
- Will there be someone on property during my event?
A member of our rentals team will be available to assist you during your event. They do not facilitate the event but remain on property for the duration of your event if anyone in your party needs assistance. They will also help clarify A&H’s policies and procedures to ensure they are upheld throughout your event.
- Will other events be going on during my event?
No, A&H only allows for one event at a time.
- Are tables & chairs included?
Tables and chairs are not included for any of our outdoor venues. Furniture for those spaces must be rented through EventWorks Rentals – Orlando. For events taking place in the Germaine Marvel Building, A&H would be able to include furniture. We have 60-inch round tables, 6 ft banquet tables, cocktail tables & dark mahogany wood chairs available for that space.
- Does A&H provide audiovisual equipment?
Our venues are equipped with power outlets for your use. Other than that, we do not provide any audio-visual equipment within your rental.
- Where will my guests park?
Guests may park along Packwood Avenue and Central Avenue, and in the lot next to our Germaine Marvel Building. Ask about our parking map!
- Is A&H accessible for wheelchair users?
Yes, A&H is accessible to wheelchair users. However, some spaces may be hard to maneuver due to the historic elements of the property. The Main Garden can be challenging, as it is a large grass lawn.
- Is there a get ready room on campus?
Due to A&H not being your traditional wedding venue, we do not have an additional area on campus that can be rented for get ready. All guests must arrive dressed and ready on wedding day.
- Why does my event have to end at 10pm?
The A&H’s Maitland Center has been a valued member of this community and cherished neighbor for almost 80 years. Out of respect for the families who live adjacent to the campus, all events are required to end by 10:00 PM, to allow your vendors time to break down before 11:00 PM.
- Do we need to clean up after ourselves?
Yes, the museum must be returned to the state that it was found in at the top of the rental period. You must remove all trash and will need to take home everything brought in with you at the end of the night. Your vendors must arrange for pickup during your breakdown time of any rental items, décor, etc. Any remaining trash or décor left at the end of a rental period is subject to a cleaning fee.
- Why do you have a vendor list?
The A&H’s Maitland Center is honored to be Greater Orlando’s only National Historic Landmark, designating its importance to the heritage of the entire nation. Our vendors are familiar with this prestigious designation and very knowledgeable at how to provide quality services to you, while preserving our historic site. We exclusively work with EventWorks Rentals – Orlando for all furniture, lighting, and tent needs. We also have a list of six (6) exclusive vendors for catering services. Additionally, we require the use of a professional day of wedding coordinator for all full wedding bookings. Our preferred vendors list has some of our favorite outside vendors to work with, but you are not required to use them.
- Can we bring in outside furniture?
To best preserve the museum grounds, A&H does not allow renters to bring in any outside furniture pieces. All furniture must be provided by EventWorks Rentals – Orlando.
- How does the food service work?
Select one of our full-service catering partners to provide the food service for your event. Aside from cake and desserts, you are NOT permitted to bring in outside food for your event. Linens, China, flatware, and glassware do not need to be provided through the catering company. You will contract services separately from your venue rental.
- Can I serve alcohol?
Yes, alcohol may be served on property, by a licensed and insured bartender. Outside bar service vendors must provide their liquor liability insurance.
- Do we need to have event insurance?
You do not have to have day-of-event insurance, but this is a great way to make sure you are protected during your event. All vendors working in the theatre must provide us with a certificate of insurance to provide services at A&H.
- Does A&H provide décor?
A&H does not provide any décor for renters. Any linens, china, flatware, floral, easels, signage must be provided by the renters. Venue staff is not responsible for decorating or setting up personal décor for your event. All décor must be removed by the end of the rental.
- May we drop off our décor early?
Please refrain from dropping your décor off early as it may get in the way of another event and/or regular museum programming. This is to ensure the safety of your personal items. We have a historic facility with limited storage areas. Please plan accordingly. You may drop off décor or furniture once your rental period begins.
- Are there any restrictions I should know about?
Yes, due to the historical significance of our property, we do not allow open flames, confetti, or glitter on property. We also do not allow any fake florals on property. If you would like to use loose flower petals, they must be cleaned up before the end of the rental. No material may be attached to walls, doors, or windows. If an arch is to be used, it must be able to be broken down to at least 3 pieces. Artwork and sculptures may not be touched, moved, or covered at any time. Additionally, furniture may not be moved between venues once the event has started.
- May we use candles?
A&H has a no-flame rule on campus; therefore we do not allow any real wax candles or flame starters on campus. We only allow the use of battery-operated candles. Use of candles in the venue will result in forfeiture of the entire security deposit.
- Do you allow sparklers for grand exits?
In compliance to our no-flame rule, we do not allow sparklers for grand exits. Streamer wands, bubbles, and glow sticks are all great alternatives to ending your event with a memorable exit!
- How can I rent the Cottage at Lake Lily?
The Cottage at Lake Lily is no longer being offered for rentals as it has since been converted into a classroom for our art classes.
- Can we have a photoshoot at the venue?
PhotoPasses are available for purchase to schedule a photo shoot on campus. PhotoPasses are scheduled per availability Monday – Friday 10AM – 4PM for $100/hr. Weekend requests are subject to $200/hr. All PhotoPasses must be scheduled in advance but within the month of the requested day. Same day passes are not available. PhotoPasses are nonrefundable but are transferable. For more on our Photography Policy: https://artandhistory1.wpengine.com/photography-policy/
- Is smoking permitted?
Smoking is prohibited inside all our venues. We do not have a designated area for smoking on campus, so renters are welcome to designate smoking areas with their own signage outside of the venues. If you know your guests will be smoking, we ask that you bring an ashtray and to make sure no cigarette butts are left at the end of the rental period.
- Can I bring my dog?
Yes! Four-legged family members are welcome as part of your special day.
- Where do guests stay?
We have many renters that require lodging for out-of-town guests. There are many resorts in the Orlando area but here are some nearby hotels within 5-10 miles from the campus. We also recommend looking into Airbnb for more options if you’re looking for a larger space.