Rental | Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center


Located on the Chena River in Downtown Fairbanks, we can accommodate a variety of small and mid-sized events. Our world class exhibits, cultural and natural history films in a 100 seat high-definition theater, Alaska Native music, dance, storytelling, artist demonstrations, and “Taste of Alaska” meals can add authentic local flavor to your meeting or reception.


To make a reservation, please review the Price List, Space Rental Policies and Procedures and if applicable the Outdoor Event Policy, complete the Rental Application Form,  and return it via fax or email to:   907.459.3702 or   A deposit fee is required to officially reserve your space.  For more information, call 907.459.3701 or email


Lobby: High ceiling, expansive windows, granite, wood and slate finishes provide an impressive space for a memorable event. To make your evening even more special, the exhibit gallery will be opened exclusively for your guests. Podium, microphone/sound-system, tables and chairs are available by request. Maximum capacity is 200 people. While light refreshments may be served, food-based events are not allowed in the lobby or exhibit areas.

Theater: Excellent venue for films, performances, slide shows, lectures and presentations.  High-definition projector for DVDs, Blue-Ray, VHS or PowerPoint available for an additional set-up fee. Capacity 100.

Classroom: Bright space with 12 classroom tables, chairs, sink, two counter-tops, phone, whiteboard, screen, podium. Capacity:  In a classroom style, seats 24 at the tables with 15 additional guest chairs. In a boardroom style, seats 32 at the table with an additional 11 guest chairs. Seats 40 theater style.

Conference Room: A professional setting for your business meeting. Windows and a private deck overlook the Chena River. Capacity is 18 around the conference table with an additional 10 guest chairs.

Elders’ Hall: Intimate octagonal hall surrounded by beautiful works of Athabascan art. Small stage, projector for PowerPoint or DVDs, and sound system  available. Capacity is 20 maximum.



Due to our extended summer hours, the Lobby, Theatre and the Exhibit Hall are not available for private events mid-May through mid-September.  Private events held in the Lobby, Theatre or the Exhibit Hall during Winter hours can begin no sooner than 5:30 p.m. to allow for appropriate set-up time.

The Classroom, Conference Room and Elders’ Hall can be booked year-round, and can be scheduled when the Center is open or after-hours.


Food and beverages may be served in all meeting areas except the theater. If your event is open to the public, contact the Morris Thompson Center for a list of pre-approved caterers. For private events, you may make your own arrangements for food. All catering costs are separate from your space rental fee and should be made directly with your selected caterer.

Alcoholic beverages can be served. Restrictions apply.


Please Note:

  • The Morris Thompson Center is handicapped accessible.
  • Ample free parking is available surrounding the Center. (100+ parking spaces)
  • Smoking, exposed or concealed weapons, and public intoxication is strictly prohibited in the facility.