Facility Rental

Floor planThe CU Heritage Center is available for event rentals for groups of less than 120 people. We recommend that you visit our facility to take a look at the layout to determine if it will work for your group. We are always happy to help explain how rentals work in our facility once you have seen the space.

Due to the unusual shape and layout of the museum, the space is best used as a reception and mingling area, rather than a place to speak to a large group. Guests are welcome to visit the various galleries with their food and drinks.

Often groups will hold events in the Chapel on the first floor of Old Main, and then come up to the Heritage Center (third floor of Old Main) for a reception. If you wish to schedule an event in the Chapel, please call 303-492-8833 for reservations.

Guidelines and Rules


The Heritage Center requires that a caterer be used for all events that will include food. See Pre-screened Caterers for more details. Please check with your caterer to make sure the time you have reserved at the Heritage Center includes the set-up and clean-up time necessary for your event.

  • The event coordinator is responsible for getting parking access on campus for the caterer.
  • Any delivery of alcoholic beverages, rental equipment, china, etc., must be coordinated with Heritage Center staff.
  • The Heritage Center has several rectangular serving tables available, but no linens or other food/catering supplies.
  • ** Red wine and red beverages are not permitted at the Heritage Center. **

Alcoholic Beverages Guidelines

If your group will be serving alcoholic beverages, please follow the guidelines outlined below.

** Red wine, red/purple beverages, and candles are not permitted at the Heritage Center. **
** An event manager must be present to monitor the alcoholic beverage service area. **

University Groups
APS on Alcohol Purchase and Provision, University Risk Management approval is no longer needed due to the type of payment for purchasing the alcohol. Please follow university guidelines regarding alcohol at events. Visit the Alcohol Service on Campus webpage for more information. 

*Please return a copy (do not send originals) of any completed APS forms to the Heritage Center.

Non-University Groups
All non-university groups must obtain a Liquor Liability Insurance form from their insurance company and return a copy (do not send originals) to the Heritage Center. The following is a list of options regarding obtaining insurance:

1.      Through your homeowner’s insurance policy
2.      Through the university’s special event one-time insurance coverage 
3.      Through the catering service you have chosen for your event

The university does not allow events open to the public when alcohol is being served or when alcohol is to be sold (if there is a cash bar) unless the event is held in a location on campus that holds a liquor license. The Heritage Center does not have a liquor license, therefore all events serving alcohol must be by invitation only.

For further questions, please contact the Office of University Risk Management. The Office of Risk Management asks that requests be sent via e-mail or fax to:
Carolyn Peet, carolyn.peet@cu.edu Fax:  303-735-5900


Please coordinate parking and street access for your caterer through the university’s Parking Services department.

  • Metered parking is available on University Avenue east of Broadway.
  • Metered parking is available near the Recreation Center and along Pleasant Street after 5 p.m.
  • For questions or if you would like to schedule an event, please contact a Heritage Center staff member at 303-492-6329.

Fees and Hours

Renting the entire Heritage Center
When making a reservation, your total rental time must include the time
needed for all event set-up/clean-up.

University Price 

  • $200 First three hours
  • $75 Each additional hour
  • $20/hr Museum staffing outside of normal hours (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) 
  • $125 Additional fee for any weekend rental

Non-University Price

  • $350 First three hours
  • $75 Each additional hours
  • $20/hr Museum staffing outside of normal hours (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) 
  • $200 Additional fee for any weekend rental

Pre-Screened Caterers

Big Bang
PO Box 4361
Boulder, CO 80304
Phone: 303-447-8900
Contact: John Howlett

Big Red F Catering
1928 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-448-9182 x10

CU Housing and Dining Catering
154 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 303-492-0275
Contact: Paul Houle

Culinary Hearts
2641 Grapewood Lane
Boulder, CO 80304
Phone: 303-818-5250
Contact: Diane Starnick

Einstein Bros.
2400 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: 303-543-1525
Contact: Miccah Matarazzo

Etai’s Catering (Formerly UDI's)
See website for downloadable menu and ordering options

Front Range Catering
5741 Arapahoe, Ste. 3A
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 303-449-1981
Contacts: Patrick or Nora Beelner

Greens Point Catering
1240 Ken Pratt Blvd, Ste 3
Longmont, CO 80050
Phone: 303-772-2247
Contact: Elaine DeLong

JKS Culinary
5592 S. Taft Street
Littleton, CO 80127
Phone: 303-909-5455
Contact: Kristen Schenk

5615 Ammons Street
Arvada, CO 80002
Phone: 303-242-7640

Downtown Boulder Location
2675 13th Street
Boulder CO

Pasta Jay's
1001 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 720–442-1107
Contact: Nate Hohm

The Sink
1165 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-444-7465
Contact: Scott Baptist

Spice of Life
5541 Central Avenue, Ste. 272
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 303-443-4049
Contact: Katie Mickel

Three Leaf Catering
Contact: Erica
900 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-862-8584

UMC Catering
202 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0202
Phone: 303-492-6349
Contact: Les Crandall