Plan an Event

The Hilliard University Art Museum offers a distinctive venue for your next event. The A. Hays Town Building, built in 1967, was originally the home of the University Foundation and Art Center. Explore the different spaces amenable to weddings, board meetings, lectures, and cocktail parties.


The Town Building has three rooms on the first floor, which can accommodate 75-100 people. Two small lecture rooms, facing Girard Park Drive, feature hardwood floors and fireplaces. Intimate dinners in each room can comfortably seat 20-24 people. The Cypress Room incorporates built-in bookcases and a fireplace in a cozy setting. On the second floor, there is a large room perfect for lectures, readings, and conferences, seating 50 people.


The great lawn of the Town Building and the plaza, located between the museum and the A. Hays Town Building, are lovely settings for larger parties of a few hundred people. Tents placed on the plaza are beautiful in the evenings, showcasing the museum’s illuminated water-wall. The best of both classic and modern architecture combine to provide an engaging backdrop for any event.


The Hilliard University Art Museum considers the use of museum property for private and on campus events as an earned income activity supporting the mission and operations. Facility Use and Rental is on a space and date available basis. The A. Hays Town Building, plaza, and lawn are available only during times when the museum is not open to the public. Gallery visitor access is our first priority during operating hours.

Please be advised that the University requires a police officer be present at all events where alcoholic beverages are served. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Campus Police Department offers their services for events at approximately $50/hour.



The plaza and grounds outside of the museum facilities are free to take photographs. The museum cannot provide any changing area for these photo shoots. If you would like to hold a photo shoot inside of the A. Hays Town Building, this must be booked in advance. If an exhibition is on view, no photo shoots may occur inside the building during this time. Availability is also subject to any previously scheduled facility rentals.

The cost to use the A. Hays Town Building for a session is $100 for a minimum of 2 hours, each additional hour is $50.

Photo shoots may only be scheduled during hours in which museum personnel is on the property.

  • Mondays, 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Tuesdays, 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Wednesdays, 8 AM – 8 PM
  • Thursdays, 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Fridays, 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Saturdays, 8 AM – 5 PM

*No photo shoots may occur inside of the main museum building.

If you would like to schedule a photo shoot inside of the A. Hays Town Building, please contact Greta Gerstner at 337.482.1368 or by using the contact form below.

Parties interested in renting the Town Building and grounds should fill out the form below. Our Events Coordinator will reach out to you to answer any questions and schedule a viewing.


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We reserve the right to deny the use of our facilities to any person or organization at any time and to deny the continued use of said facilities to any user who does not comply with the museum’s policies and procedures.


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