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Once you’ve had an opportunity to review our policies, venue details, and rates, it is recommended that you perform a site visit with the Venue + Events Manager. 


Upon written request, the UMLAUF will prepare a contract. A signed contract and the first payment will be due within one week of the contract being issued. 



The UMLAUF does not provide planning services, but we recommend working with our preferred vendors to cover all your needs. Vendors that our guests commonly utilize include:

  • Event Planners 

  • Catering and Bar Service

  • Rental Items

  • Audio Visual 

  • Entertainment (band, DJ, performers)

  • Floral Arrangements  and Decor


We encourage working with one of our preferred partners or vendors as they are familiar with our space and requirements. The preferred vendors list will be provided at the time of inquiry as well as after you book your event.

It is recommended that a walkthrough with all of your vendors is scheduled about one month prior to your event. This will give everyone an opportunity to review and troubleshoot/confirm any special arrangements.



The UMLAUF does not provide setup, breakdown, food and beverage, or other services.


We have the following equipment available for your use at no additional cost:​​

  • 4 - 5'x18" Rectangular Tables

  • 8 - 6’x18” Rectangular Tables

  • 40 Grey Resin Composite Chairs

  • Access to our Catering Kitchen (details provided upon request)

For an additional fee of $800, the UMLAUF provides tables and chairs that complement our venue. This equipment includes:

  • 180 fruitwood Chiavari chairs with an ivory cushion 

  • 15 – 60” round tables 

  • 25 – 8' x 30". rectangular tables

  • 4 – 6' x 30" rectangular tables


You may use as little or as much of this equipment for the $800 fee. Generally, your catering crew or a staffing company can provide setup and breakdown of all equipment, but you will want to verify with them, as it may require additional staffing needs.


As a public museum we are required to maintain our museum hours and ADA compliance. No event setup may occur during our open hours:  Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm.

We may arrange for tenting and tree lighting from specific, pre-approved vendors before the museum opens.  All non contracted setup times are based on availability and not guaranteed.

Music must end by 10:00pm per the City of Austin sound ordinance. There are no exceptions to this policy and violations will result in possible fines from the City of Austin. Any fines administered will be in addition to a full loss of the deposit.


A general timeline for evening events is as follows:

  • 4:00pm - Museum Closed / Vendor access and setup begins

  • 6:00pm – Event begins

  • 10:00 pm – Amplified sound must end

  • 10:30pm – Guest departure

  • 12:00am – Access ends / Cleanup complete



The UMLAUF has a private lot with 22 spaces. An overflow lot for additional parking is located across the street at Wright Field. There is a crosswalk leading from the lot to the UMLAUF entrance. 



Your rental includes one Venue Manager on Duty to assist with venue concerns and orient guests and vendors. They can assist with locating electrical outlets, replenishing the bathrooms and final checkout. You will also have a security officer who will assist guests in crossing the street from our overflow lot safely, and general safety concerns.

Events with 250 or more guests may require additional staffing for an additional fee.



It is required that you or your planner check out with the UMLAUF Venue Manager on Duty to assure that all cleanup and post-event needs have been handled.


We ask that all rentals “leave no trace” and make reasonable attempts to clean up any spills, broken glass and other event related items. Any more-than-routine cleaning required will be deducted from the damage deposit.


We do not provide trash services. All events must remove trash and waste items from the property. Typically, your caterer can coordinate this for you. We will provide liners for borrowed trash cans. 


As an outdoor venue, we strongly recommend considering tent options in case of inclement weather.

The UMLAUF does not provide tenting services, but we work with Whim Hospitality, Premiere Events and Marquee Event Rentals on all tenting needs. No other tent providers are allowed on site. Most of our event space can be tented with a variety of selections based on your guest count and event layout. 

We do not allow for tent barrels or staking on property. Pre-existing, in-ground tent anchors have been installed.

Special arrangements may be made for installation prior to your rental time (generally the morning of the event before the museum opens to the public). Any special arrangements must be confirmed with the Venue + Events Manager. 


As an art museum, we honor the works of Charles Umlauf and other contemporary artists. Art may not be moved, covered or altered in any fashion. Climbing, defacing, marking or any modifications is not allowed. In addition, art may be moved, added or removed by the museum without notice.


There may be no modification to the existing structures of the UMLAUF. We recommend using low-tack painters tape and fishing line for your décor needs. No tacks, nails, tape, staples, glue or other items that may damage the existing structures are allowed.


No open flame devices may be used anywhere in the garden or museum. We do allow candles in hurricane candle holders and fuel gels on buffets to be on the terrace  or paved areas solely.


Banned items include, but are not limited to: rice, birdseed, sparklers, tiki torches, barbecue pits, fireworks, confetti, streamers, silly string, helium balloons.


We are a non-smoking facility. Failure to follow this policy will result in a loss of the deposit.


Firearms and weapons are not allowed during private events due to alcohol service, with the exception of authorized parties, such as law enforcement.

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