Expand your view!

Location, location, location... it's not just THE key element in real estate, but the "where" of an event is also just about as important as the event itself.

And Exploration Place is the versatile venue that will accommodate your next event - whether it's a corporate luncheon, employee picnic, client appreciation event, wedding, reception and more.

No matter what you're planning, our dramatic architecture and stunning views of downtown Wichita serve as a compelling background.

You may have been to Exploration Place with your family and experienced our exhibits, dome theater films and special events.

Now, change the way you see this world-class facility! Plus: take advantage of the popular, expanded premier rental venue WaterWay Hall.

See details below about this space, as well as other areas available for rental throughout the museum.

Click here for a PDF of rental pricing. Click here for frequently asked questions.

Plan Your Event

Or call Facility Rentals at 316.660.0642.

WaterWay Terrace

Dine alfresco on the terrace, adding a peaceful, scenic view of the Arkansas River and the Keeper of the Plains. Accommodates 200 seated or 400 casual.

WaterWay Hall

In this breathtaking 3,000 square-foot space, experience a stunning view of the tranquil Arkansas River. Accommodates up to 250 people for a seated reception or up to 400 for a ceremony. 

Kemper Creative Learning Studio

Perfect for a lecture, workshop or other presentation, this 145-seat theater includes audio/visual equipment, sound system and stage lighting. Handicap seating also available.

Board Room

This versatile space for meetings or small luncheons can seat up to 30 people, includes a large projector screen and dry-erase board. This space can also be used as a bride's room.

Festival Plaza

This large outdoor area to the southwest of the building captures the open ambiance of the great outdoors and can accommodate up to 1,200 people for a company picnic, class reunion and more!

Grand Hall

More than 3,500 square feet comprises this elegant area. It accommodates up to 250 guests for a seated reception or up to 400 for a more casual cocktail reception. The west wall gives a spectacular view of the Reflecting Pond. 

Main Lobby

This versatile space is surrounded by glass windows giving a scenic view of downtown Wichita and the Arkansas River. Seats up to 120 for seated reception or 250 for a more casual event.

Digital Dome Theater and Planetarium

This 165 seat theater presents digital films displayed on a 60-foot diameter dome that allows the viewers to become totally immersed in a unique visual and audio experience. This space is available for ceremonies. Handicap seating also available.

Picnic Grove

This 2,300 square foot wooded area with picnic tables is an ideal place for family gatherings and picnics. The Picnic Grove has easy access to Exploration Park for hours of outdoor fun. Seating available for 200 or 500 for a cocktail reception.

Exhibit Pavilions

  • Design Build Fly Pavilion Soar into this completely renovated 5,100 square-foot aviation exhibit gallery and encounter dozens of hands-on activities that reveal what happens behind-the-scenes in Wichita's aircraft plants.
  • Explore Kansas Pavilion Encounter Kansas and its people, places and environments. Touch a real mammoth tusk. Step into a 20-foot-tall tornado or dare to enter our tornado simulator and experience an EF1 tornado! Examine the inner workings of an aquifer. Measure personal water use and find steps to conserve.
  • Where Kids Rule Pavilion takes you back to the days of knights in shining armor, towering stone castles and more.Looking for birthday party options? Then click here for more!
  • Traveling Exhibit Pavilion is an ever-changing area, but has included some of the most spectacular exhibits in the world, such as: Titanic, Our Body: The Universe Within and Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. Ask about the current national traveling exhibit Exploration Place is hosting.

Preferred Vendors

Exploration Place has an open catering and bar service policy. You may use any licensed and insured vendor. However, we invite you to contact any of the following preferred vendors for your next event.

Blue Moon Caterers
Contact: Bill Rowe

Xclusive Event Services
Contact: Crystal McDonald

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse
Contact: Robert Hartung

Ray Event and Tent Rental
Contact: Sharon VanHorn

Balloon Studio
Contact: Deb Wierenga