How does catering work?
DHV does not have an onsite caterer or any commercial kitchen facilities. We do offer a list of Approved Caterers who are familiar with the museum or for a small fee you are welcome to select a different caterer to work with. Any caterer you select must provide a certificate of insurance as well as a copy of their catering permit.
Can we “BYOB” our event?
DHV does not mind who purchases the drinks, but we do require that any alcohol be served by a TABC certified bartender who is serving under a commercial insurance policy. If you select a bartender who has not worked here recently, we will need a copy of this updated documentation prior to your event. In addition, if mixed drinks will be served or if drinks will be sold rather than provided to your guests for free, your bartender is responsible for obtaining the appropriate TABC permits.
What are the event hours?
Evening rentals typically set up between 2:00pm and 4:00pm, with one vehicle allowed in the museum at a time during these hours. After the museum closes to the public at 4:00pm, additional vehicles are permitted on the grounds. All vehicles need permission of a DHV Event Staff member (not Guest Services or Security) to enter the museum gates. DHV reserves the right to deny access to any vehicle which is too large or being operated in a way that is unsafe, harmful or disruptive to guests, animals, staff or buildings.
Evening events typically end at midnight, which means cleanup and vendor pickup of belongings should be completed by that time. Special arrangements may be possible for deliveries or pickups outside of those hours but cannot be guaranteed.
If you would like to hold a private event during different hours, please contact the Director of Sales. Daytime events are not uncommon but must be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
What is your capacity?
Dallas Heritage Village includes a variety of beautiful indoor & outdoor locations which can be rented on their own or combined to accommodate a larger number of people. We have hosted a gatherings of a few thousand or as intimate as less than ten. Check the venue descriptions for additional details about the capacity of each space.
What if it rains?
Nature enthusiasts can rest easy at Dallas Heritage Village. The museum holds only one event each evening, so even outdoor events have a weather backup plan. Your tour and event planning meetings will always include a discussion about the available weather backup plans, which can be implemented with reasonable notice at no additional cost. Rest easy if you love the lawns, the streets and the outdoor feel, we are happy to help you build a lovely weather backup plan which will not break the bank at the last moment.