Cowles Conservatory
726 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Customer Service

Phone: 612-230-6400


Ceremony: 100
Reception: 150

Rental Availability

Reservations are no longer being accepted for August 2015-July 2017 due to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reconstruction and Cowles Conservatory Renovation. Please visit the project page for more details.

Cowles Conservatory

Part of: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Features & Amenities

Cowles Conservatory at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden offers an opportunity to visit the tropics right in Minnesota. Permanent and seasonal displays of native, tropical and exotic plants, orchids, and other fragrant and beautiful plant species occupy this tall, glass building.

Good to Know

Additional ceremony sites available at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Available for rental year-round

Indoor facility guarantees protection from all types of weather

Off-street parking

Option to hold ceremony and reception

Parking fees are not included in the cost of a wedding permit

palm room in cowles conservatory

Rates & Application

Permit Application

You will need to apply for a permit to reserve this location for your indoor wedding, reception or other event. We accept applications up to 12 months in advance on a first paid, first served basis.

Permit Application Process

  1. Download and review the appropriate application:

    Wedding Ceremony Application [PDF]

    Receptions & Events Application [PDF]

  2. Complete and submit your permit application:

    Mail or In Person:
    Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
    Wedding Permits
    2117 West River Road N
    Minneapolis, MN 55411

    Fax: 612-230-6504

  3. If available, we will reserve the site for your preferred date and time
  4. We will contact you to discuss your application and to arrange payment
  5. Upon receipt of payment we will issue your permit 



$500 plus tax (Three-Hour Permit)

Ceremony & Reception, Reception Only

$1000 plus tax


Ceremony Setup Options

  • Chairs
  • Tables

Preferred Vendors

Chairs, amplification, tents, archways, and other wedding extras are available to rent for an additional fee through our preferred party rental vendors.


Contact: Karla Vitez
Phone: 952-903-4241

Ceremony Guidelines

  • Ceremony Permits are required and issued for either three or six hours, including setup, rehearsal, photos, etc.
  • Ceremony Permits guarantee that no other ceremony or event is scheduled at the same time in the same location. A permit does not guarantee exclusive use of a park area for a private event. Other park visitors may still use the park, but are usually considerate of permit holders' needs and move out of the immediate area. On-site event attendants assist.
  • Battery powered amplification systems are allowed only in specified areas (no electricity available). Amplification systems are limited to microphones, CDs and iPod/MP3 players. Permit holders must rent amplification equipment from one of our preferred vendors.
  • We only allow chairs in specified areas. Permit holders must rent chairs from one of our preferred vendors.
  • Flowers or any other vegetation may not be moved, cut or removed from any park in the Minneapolis Park System. (Park Board Ordinance 2.2).
  • Littering is not permitted. Rice, confetti or birdseed is not permitted. Any flower boxes or other rubbish must be disposed of properly by the permit holder. Frequently, there are numerous weddings scheduled consecutively at the same park area in one day. Clean up should not be left to the next group, neighborhood residents or the park keeper.
  • Tents or canopies are allowed only in specified areas, and require a six-hour permit. Permit holders must rent tents or canopies from one of our preferred vendors
  • We allow held chuppahs or chuppahs that rest on the ground surface. We do not allow staking or pounding due to potential damage to underground security, electric and irrigation systems.
  • Alcohol is not permitted. Ceremonies which normally use wine must substitute with a non-alcoholic beverage.


Cowles Conservatory at The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is available for rental year-round and can accommodate groups ranging from approximately 75 guests for plated, sit-down dinners to 150 guests for stand-up, appetizer and cocktail events. Full Service Food and Beverage Catering.

Approved Caterers

Various menu options and event services available for an additional fee through our approved caterers.

Approved Caterers Alcohol Services Vegetarian Vegan Kosher Gluten-free Full Service Drop Off Only China/Glass/Silverware Linens
Afro Deli   x x x x   x    
Al Vento   x x x x x x x x
Amy Nadeau Catering   x     x x      
Barbette x x x   x x     x
Be'wiched   x x x x x   x x
Birchwood Café   x x   x x     x
Bryant Lake Bowl x x x   x x     x
Chowgirls Killer Catering x x x   x x x x x
Common Roots Catering x x x   x x x x
Cossetta Eventi   x x   x   x    
Envision Catering x x x x x x   x x
Gardens of Salonica   x x   x x      
Green Mill Catering x x x   x x   x x
Mintahoe Catering x x x   x x x x x
Red Stag Supperclub x x x   x x     x
Sioux Chef Catering   x x   x x   x  
Surdyk's Catering x x x   x x x x x
Qdoba   x x   x   x    

Cossetta Eventi

Phone: 651-224-8419

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Envision Catering & Hospitality

Exclusive Alcohol Service

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Rates are subject to change. Please call the caterer directly to verify information.