Rent the Flint Hills Discovery Center

Flint Hills Discovery Center, event venue in downtown Manhattan, Kansas

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A Unique Venue in Downtown Manhattan, Kansas
Situated in the heart of the Flint Hills, we offer an unforgettable venue to host your next special event. From elegant weddings to casual gatherings, our accommodating staff are here to make your vision a reality. Reserve an intimate space for daytime meetings, luncheons, and celebrations. After hours, host the ultimate, exclusive event: a private evening in our exhibits and galleries. 

The Flint Hills Discovery Center has both indoor and outdoor spaces available for rent, and can be customized to your event needs and number of guests. 

Event Amenities

When you host your event with us, your rental includes:
  • On-site event staff to assist you with facility needs during your event
  • A venue that immerses your guests within the beauty of the Flint Hills
  • Free parking and no catering fee 
  • Tables and chairs with basic set up
  • Several hotels within walking distance
  • LEED Certified Green Building

Ideas & Inspiration

Visit our Event Types & Ideas page for ways renters have celebrated in our venue. Looking for a wedding venue? Be sure to visits our Weddings page

Amenities, Availability and Pricing

The Discovery Center is available to rent year round, seven days a week, during most mornings, afternoons and evenings. Certain venue options, such as renting the entire building or the exhibit space, are only available after regular operating hours due to public access needs.

Depending on the rental package, prices ranges from $50 per hour to $2,500 all-inclusive rental packages. Additional fees may include an alcohol fee and refundable damage deposit depending on the type of event. Visit our Amenities & Pricing page for more details.

Location and Venues

Located near exceptional downtown restaurants, magnificent hotels and great shopping destinations, the Flint Hills Discovery Center not only offers convenience, but a chance to escape and catch your breath. Our staff also coordinate rentals at nearby Blue Earth Plaza and Union Pacific Depot; learn more about all three venues.


Events of 75 guests or more or events with cash bars must use an approved caterer. There is no catering fee. View a list of our approved caterers. For information on becoming an approved caterer, contact our Events Supervisor, Jonathan Mertz, at 785-587-2726 ext. 5607 or by email.  

Alcohol is permitted at events, so long as it is in accordance with our facility usage guidelines and all city, state, and federal laws. An alcohol fee and refundable damage deposit may be charged for these events.

Get Started Planning Your Event

Submit an online interest form to inquire about availability and pricing. Once received, a member of our staff will contact you to confirm details and discuss options. You can also contact our Event Supervisor, Jonathan Mertz, directly at 785-587-2726 ext. 5607 or by email.

Face Masks Now Required for FHDC Visitors and Staff

As an entity of City of Manhattan, starting August 9 all visitors and employees will be required to wear a face mask inside the Discovery Center and at all other indoor city facilities. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals age two and up.

Please continue to check back for updates regarding the face mask policy. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.