Seymour Center reopens to the public Oct. 15
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Located on the bluffs of Monterey Bay on the west side of beautiful Santa Cruz, California, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center is an ideal event venue for social gatherings such as weddings and birthdays. It’s also great for business meetings, conferences, fundraisers, and more.

When you rent  the Seymour Center, you support this nonprofit science center and all of our educational programs.

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The space

La Feliz Room (conference room)

With a vaulted, open-beamed ceiling, stunning views of Monterey Bay, and private adjoining deck, the La Feliz Room is a spectacular setting for business meetings and social gatherings. Rental of this beautiful conference/banquet room includes audio visual equipment, tables and chairs, as well as access to a service kitchen that is suitable for catered events. Event guests are also welcome to explore the Exhibit Hall during the Seymour Center’s public open hours at no additional fee.

Capacity: 

Standing: 98
Meeting/Theater Seating: 98
Meal Seating: 98

Size:

1,478 sq. ft. (approx. 29’x50′)

Hours:

  • 8 AM–5 PM, Monday–Sunday
  • 10 AM–11 PM, Friday–Sunday

Amenities

  • Tables and Chairs: 94 padded chairs, 13 banquet tables (30” x 72”), 6 small cocktail tables (30” diameter, 42” tall), 6 large cocktail tables (35.5” diameter, 42” tall),  3 narrow tables (2 measure 18”x 72” and 1 measures 96” x 18”), and 1 small rectangular table (45” x 25”).
  • Audio Visual Equipment: podium with microphone, lapel microphone, handheld microphone, overhead projector (HDMI, VGA, auxiliary connections), and speakers (auxiliary connection).
  • Service Kitchen: refrigerator, microwave oven, conventional
    stove/oven, sink.
  • Visitor access into Exhibit Hall for all event guests during Seymour Center public open hours also included.

 

Exhibit Hall

Consisting of three spacious, interconnected ocean-view rooms, the Exhibit Hall is the public space of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and offers an incredible setting for large social gatherings. The Exhibit Hall showcases ocean research and marine conservation efforts and includes an aquarium that brings guests closer to the creatures of the Monterey Bay. Your rental of the Exhibit Hall includes access to Shipwreck Deck—a private, ocean bluff deck with sweeping views of Monterey Bay—and the option to request volunteer docents at our seawater touch table for a hands-on experience, at no additional charge.

Capacity: 

Standing: 150

Size:

4,624 sq. ft., with stationary exhibits throughout.

Hours:

  • 5–10 PM, Monday–Thursday
  • 5–11 PM, Friday–Sunday

Amenities

  • Speakers (auxiliary connection).
  • Two volunteer docents for up to two hours stationed at our seawater touch table.
La Feliz + Exhibit Hall

The premier experience at the Seymour Center, this rental consists of the entire public area of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center from the Exhibit Hall to the La Feliz Room (excluding teaching classrooms), with access to both ocean bluff decks. All La Feliz Room and Exhibit Hall amenities available for use.

Capacity: 

Standing: 250
Meal Seating: 150

Size:

6,102 sq. ft.

Hours:

  • La Feliz Room:
    • 8 AM–5 PM, Monday–Sunday
    • 5–10 PM, Monday–Thursday
    • 5–11 PM, Friday–Sunday
    • 10 AM–11 PM, Friday–Sunday
  • Exhibit Hall:
    • 5–10 PM, Monday–Thursday
    • 5–11 PM, Friday–Sunday

Amenities

  • All La Feliz Room and Exhibit Hall amenities available.

 

Pricing

We will work with you to customize an event of your dreams that meets your budget. We offer special rates for University of California, nonprofit, and government events.

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Hours of availability

Scheduled use of rooms must include time for your set-up, event, and clean-up. Please allow enough time for clean-up–we recommend ending your event at least one hour in advance of the end of your rental time.

All weekday (Monday–Thursday) events and music must end by 9 PM with a clean-up and exit time no later than 10 PM. All weekend (Friday–Sunday) events and music must end by 10 PM with a clean-up and exit time no later than 11 PM.

How to book

We begin reserving dates up to 12 months in advance, starting on the first of each month. To start the reservation process, we are happy to place a two-week hold on any single, available date so that you have time to schedule a tour or inquire about venue details while keeping your interested date secured; no payment or paperwork is required to place the hold.

Email seymourfacilityrentals@ucsc.edu to book your tour today!

Venue Tours

We are happy to lead you on a personal tour of our venue! If you would like to take a tour of the Seymour Center to see what we have to offer, our regular tour hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Tours are approximately 30 minutes. Tours may be scheduled outside of these times based on staff availability. If you would like to go on a self-guided tour, you are welcome to visit Seymour Center anytime during our public open hours.

Planning a wedding?

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