Facility Rentals

Make your event or meeting a historic one at the HAHS Museum for History and Culture in downtown Hayward. The HAHS Museum of History and Culture has several spaces available for rental for special events including receptions, business meetings, cocktail parties, anniversary dinners, baby showers, or other celebrations.



Capacity: 65 seated, 80 standing, 1,500 square feet

The Cannery Cafe is a central, light-filled space with access to the Foothill Blvd entrance and lobby entrance, is suitable for an anniversary celebration, baby shower, or special event. This space features a sound system with handheld or lapel microphones.

Rates Per Hour: Regular $250 / Member or Nonprofit rate $200


Second Floor Upper Lobby

Capacity: 30 seated, 50 standing, 800 square feet

The Second Floor Upper Lobby area with windows and natural light is perfect for a small to medium-size business meeting or professional seminar, equipped with a moveable projection screen or whiteboard.

Rates Per Hour: Regular $125 / Member or Nonprofit rate $100


Cafe: Monday and Tuesday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Other locations: Wednesday to Friday, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Hold Deposit

A Hold Deposit equal to one rental hour is due upon signing the rental agreement. This deposit will secure your event date and will count toward your overall rental fee.  


A Security Deposit of $250 is due upon signing the rental agreement. The Security Deposit will be held and returned to the User unless 1) damage occurs or 2) the event goes beyond the pre-agreed time.

Certificate of LIABILITY

The User must provide the Museum with a Certificate of Liability Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 naming the Hayward Area Historical Society and the City of Hayward as holder. One day Certificate of Liability Insurance can be obtained through The Event Helper at www.theeventhelper.com.


Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Catering, including serving of liquor, is provided by Blue Heron Catering Inc. Please see website www.blueheroncatering.com or contact Debbie Pfisterer at (510) 533-0781 or info@blueheroncatering.com to arrange catering.


A separate non-refundable cleaning fee of $50 is required when using Blue Heron Catering.

Please call (510) 581-0223 for inquiries and space availability. To begin the process, complete a Facility Rental Request Form and fax it to (510) 581-0217 or email it to events@haywardareahistory.org. There is a minimum 30 days notice for any rental.

HAHS reserves the right to refuse facility rental to any individual or organization.