Rent the Zoo’s historic Mansion House for your event!

The Mansion House at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (circa 1801) is a truly elegant setting for special occasions. Large windows on all sides of the stately, wrap-around porch overlook Druid Hill Park and the older treed areas of the Zoo.

Adding to the majestic ambiance are individually controlled chandeliers showcasing buttery yellow paintwork, white trim and gold leaf detailing. The unique four-sided layout of the fully enclosed and carpeted porch easily facilitates an event flow.

For more information on renting the Mansion House for a wedding, please click here.

The historic Mansion House porch has been recently renovated and redecorated to make the backdrop of your event even more beautiful and memorable. Updates include the addition of new carpeting, fresh paint and the inclusion of air-conditioning allowing for a historic setting with more modern comforts. We’re thrilled to say that the Mansion House Porch will be even better than before!

Have an Animal Ambassador at your cocktail hour! Our Animal Ambassador program is a way to make your event unique and talked about! You can have various animals appear during the cocktail hour. We have about 20 different animals from penguins and various birds to small mammals and snakes.

Rental Rates*:
  • Monday – Thursday: $2,600
  • Friday: $3,000
  • Saturday: $3,800
  • Sunday: $3,400
  • Wedding Receptions: 180 guests
  • Seated Events: 200 guests
  • Stand-up/Cocktail: 250 guests

*Rates can change without notice. Please contact us for holiday rates.

Prices reflect a 4-hour event. Rental fees include 180 padded chairs, 20 round 60” tables, 8 cocktail tables, 10 banquet tables, 2 round 48″ tables, Zoo on-site staff, security, and maintenance personnel, as well as free parking. Caterer set-up time of 3 hours and breakdown time of 1 ½ hours are included in the rental fee. Rental fees do not include Zoo admission, catering, rides, audio-visual equipment, and/or zoo services.

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Questions? Contact the Rental Office at 443-552-5279 or email