Venue Rentals

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To book room and check for availability, email Mary Ellen Lohmann or call (573) 443-8936.

See below for details, restrictions, and guidelines for venue rentals through the Museum.

Maplewood House

Maplewood House was built in 1877 by Slater Ensor Lenoir and his wife Margaret Bradford Lenoir, both of whom were members of Boone County pioneer families. Now on the National Historic Register, it is a unique location for your next bridal shower or tea. It can host small groups of up to 20 in its magnificent first floor and rates begin as low as $395.

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Montminy Gallery

The gallery is a very popular rental for luncheons, cocktail receptions, sales awards meetings and small wedding receptions. Its horse-shoe shaped 2600 sq. feet features art exhibits by the region’s best artists. Rental rates for this beautiful space begin at $550 and could increase depending on the size and length of the event. Included are set-up, tables and chairs. A handsome podium and a 10-channel sound system are also available for an additional charge.

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Veranda & Gazebo

The covered veranda and the large, adjacent gazebo provide a vista of beautiful and historic Nifong Park with the Maplewood House peeking through the trees. A popular location for happy hour receptions and wedding receptions, the space can seat up to 120 people and is available for as little as $700. Book Your wedding, reunion or birthday party here.

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Conference Room

The 18 x 25 conference room features a variety of meeting table and chair set-ups, free Wi-Fi, telephone use and onsite copy service. Rental is $120 for 4 hours and can be discounted 20% for non-profit groups.

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Our Location

The Boone County History & Culture Center is the physical presence of the non-profit Boone County Historical Society.  The Center has since 1990 leased 3 acres of the 59-acre Nifong Park from the City of Columbia.

The lease was extended through 2042 in 2017.  The City of Columbia requires BCHS to be the sole custodian of the 3 acres and federal and state law provide the commercial lessor with all of the privacy rights of the landowner.

The three acres are bounded, roughly, by the furthest northeast corner of the Nikawa Pavilion, the northwest corner of the lawn fifty yards behind the Montminy Gallery, the east side of the north-south gravel lane in the Village and the southeast corner of the museum’s parking lot.  The acreage includes three of the four Village buildings, but not the Gordon-Collins Log Cabin.

Photo Shoot Requirements

BCHS requires commercial photographers to obtain an Annual Usage Pass for $75 and allows unlimited family or portrait shoots with proceeds going to the Center.

The Annual Usage Pass is valid for one full year from purchase date and must be made visible if requested while on the property.

Mail or email the following information to the address below and include:

  • Business Name
  • Address
  • Contact Person
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Vehicle make/model
  • License plate number
  • $75 check (Please make payable to the Boone County Historical Society.)


Boone County Historical Society
3801 Ponderosa St.
Columbia, MO  65201

Photo shoots are not allowed during special events. Check calendar or call for availability.  Annual or daily permit is required.  A daily permit can be obtained for $30.

Please respect the park, buildings, and its artifacts.  Do not move or reposition belongings.