Facility Rental

An integral partner in the vibrancy and energy of Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood

MOCAD is one of the city’s most exciting, unique, and adaptable settings. Designed by Albert Kahn and Ernest Willoughby Associates in 1907 for the Standard Auto Company, our 22,000 square foot historic venue has been simply restored to retain its singular character and urbane feel. The versatility of the space, in conjunction with our rotating world-class exhibitions, makes the museum the perfect setting for any occasion:

Meetings + presentations

Automotive premieres + product launches

Galas + receptions

Weddings + commitment ceremonies

Bar + Bat Mitzvahs


Our events planning team is committed from initial contact until the last guest leaves to providing the best service and the highest standards of execution.

MOCAD provides a full range of services including:

Bar service in Café 78

Coat check

Event planning + coordination

Limited onsite parking + coordination of valet services

Set-up + installation

Wheelchair-accessible entrances + rest rooms

MOCAD has cultivated relationships with top caterers and other professionals around the region to ensure the absolute success of your function. Our preferred vendors are fully licensed, insured, and carefully trained in the policies and procedures of the museum. Our current list of preferred catering vendors includes:

2 Unique Catering
Cutting Edge Cuisine
Forte Belanger
Slows To Go
Zingerman’s Catering & Events

We are also pleased to accommodate clients with special dietary needs including kosher, halal, and more. Please let the Facility Rental Coordinator know about your requirements directly.

Our list of preferred events services vendors includes:

Colonial Party and Event Rental
Detroit Cultivated
Event Theory
Event Source


The museum’s rental fees are based on the specific timing, utilization, and space requirements. As part of our commitment to the community, MOCAD offers a discounted rate for rentals to nonprofit organizations. We also offer free rentals to donors of $25,000 and above.*

MOCAD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We will send a donation letter for your records as soon as possible, and by the end of the donation year.

As an institution committed to offering free admission to all visitors, event rentals provide MOCAD with an essential source of operating revenue. This income supports the ongoing work of the museum, including exhibition development, education, research, and operations.

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For more information, please contact Leto Rankine, Special Events + Facility Rental Coordinator + Café Manager

* Some restrictions apply.