COVID-19 Safety Museum Policy

All visitors to the museum during the covid-19 pandemic are asked to wear masks when they enter the museum and to social distance. Masks and sanitizer stations are available to all who enter, but we urge visitors to bring their own PPE. 

During this pandemic year, and as we go into the fall and winter months of 2020, the museum wants to maintain a safe environment for our staff, interns, fellows, volunteers and all who visit the DMFAH. Those with health conditions and compromised immune systems are asked to postpone their visits to the museum and to access our tours available online. Please contact us at info@danvillemuseum.org if you have any question regarding our safety policy.

View our COVID-19 policy in full.


 Hourly rental rates include:

  • Auditorium with stage
  • Back covered porch and open patio
  • Kitchen and preparation room
  • Three bathrooms
  • Bridal dressing room

$100 per hour



Museum grounds: $50 per hour

Galleries: $50 per hour

Grand Piano: $50 per event

China (bowls, plates, glasses & flatware): $100 per event 

An additional fee of $20/hour may be required for additional security.

The Museum does not provide catering services. Licensed caterers are required.

Amenities available at no additional cost: DVD, TV, VCR, pull-down screen, digital projector, podiums, round and banquet tables in various sizes, 100 chairs, a wide selection of silver trays, punch bowls & cups, ladles, and candelabras.

Tents are available for an additional fee.


Whether you are planning a business event, family gathering, or special occasion, the Museum can cater to your individual needs. The meeting spaces and amenities at the Danville Museum give you the opportunity to create an event your guests or coworkers will remember for years to come. You will find the picturesque surroundings of the Sutherlin Mansion and the accessible Main Street location both prestigious and convenient.

Download our printable brochure.

Our Facility Rental Spaces

Individuals, businesses, and organizations can rent our facilities for a variety of purposes, including weddings, receptions, workshops, and recitals. 

Our auditorium includes a stage and preparation kitchen.  A grand piano is available for a small fee. Audio-visual equipment is also available, including a pull-down projection screen and podiums.

Consider this grand, but economical venue for:

  • Weddings
  • Showers
  • Birthdays
  • Retirement
  • Reunion
  • Graduation
  • Sweet Sixteen
  • End-of-Life Celebration
  • Employee achievement
  • Award ceremonies


Our Rental Policy

Events must be social, cultural or educational in purpose. The Danville Museum’s rental policy requires that events are not political. Fundraising events are generally not allowed for other organizations. All events are approved by the Executive Director. The Danville Museum is a non-profit, private organization and reserves the right to refuse a rental that does not fall within its mission or diversity statement.


Maximum occupancy

PLEASE NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic we have changed our occupancy and capacity for all groups to 25-30 people for the Auditorium. We welcome small gatherings but cannot accommodate larger groups at this time. We welcome corporate meetings, pre-wedding planning parties or rehearsal dinners, funeral planning conferences and lecture as well as panel discussions. We can facilitate zoom and projections.

We offer a lovely selection of silver trays, punch bowls, ladles, and candelabras.
We also have tables, chairs and a podium available.

For more information, please contact the Visitor Services Coordinator, C.B. Maddox, by calling 434-793-5644 or email: info@danvillemuseum.org

Download our Facilities Use Policy 

DMFAH Filming Policy

Please read and comply with the following regulations if you plan to film at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.

The following terms and conditions govern the permission given by the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 975 Main Street, Danville, VA 24541 and any gallery associated with the Museum ('we', 'us' or 'ourselves') to any individual or company ('you') permitted to undertake filming at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History (DMFAH).

We warrant that we are wholly owned by the Trustees/DMFAH Board of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History and that we have their authority to give you permission to undertake filming, to impose these terms and conditions and to charge and receive the facility fee or receive 30% funding from each public broadcast. The Museum must be publicly recognized in the credits.

Please download the pdf for complete outline of policies regarding Filming at the DMFAH.