Facility & Grounds

Meetings and Functions

ssnsc-facility-front-springThe South Shore Natural Science Center is set on 30 acres of field, forest and meadow. Vine Hall features a cathedral window framing a dramatic bio-totem sculpture and fire place. With adjacent lawns, gardens, and reception the Center is the perfect place for any occasion.


The South Shore Natural Science Center is available with a capacity of 90 for reception or auditorium style functions, and 64 for banquet style functions. The Center’s pavillion, lawns and gardens may also be rented. Plenty of parking is available.


The South Shore Natural Science Center does not provide catering services but will accommodate a caterer of your choice. We will be happy to share a list of local caterers noted for their fine food and quality service. Alcohol may be served on the premises provided the host assumes liability.

Here are some local caterers who have catered functions at the Science Center in the past:

Good Life Kitchen

Lavishly Dunn

The Chef’s Table


A small caterer’s kitchen is adjacent to Vine Hall. The kitchen appliances are available for your use.

The South Shore Natural Science Center can provide:

  • Tables and chairs
  • Podium
  • Large projection screen
  • Sound System
  • Projector

Our grounds and gardens are ideal for  outdoor tented functions. We will be happy to provide a listing of party rental and tent companies upon request. Rates below apply to for renting Vine Hall and/or outdoor grounds.


ssnsc-facility-pathwayFor rate information, please contact Chris Jacobs, Executive Director, or call 781.659.2559

Discounted rates for non-profit organizations available upon request.

Business Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 11:00am to 4:00pm


A 50% deposit is due to secure reservation. The balance of payment is due two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled event.

Deposits will be forfeited if cancellation occurs within two (2) weeks of the event.

A separate $150 security deposit is required with payment of deposit. The security deposit check will be returned unless damage has occurred.

SSNSC is a smoke-free facility.  There is no smoking permitted in the building and on the grounds.  This includes vaping.

Please Note: As an organization of the South Shore YMCA, the South Shore Natural Science Center reserves the right to restrict use to those aligning with the YMCA mission:  for Youth Development, for Healthy Living, for Social Responsibility.