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N a t i o n a l P a c k a r d M u s e u m W a r r e n A r m s t r o n g A i r a n d S p a c e M u s e u m W a p a k o n e t a www.smallmarketmeetings.com 32 Ohio Meeting Guide When the Dayton Art Institute shuts its doors for the evening, it opens up possibilities for private-event guests to have the galleries all to themselves. When the Armstrong Air and Space Museum turns off the lights, groups find themselves in a sea of stars. Here are some distinctive options for memorable after-hours events in cities and towns throughout Ohio. National Packard Museum Warren The first Packard automobile was built in Warren in 1899. At the city's National Packard Museum, visitors can see Packards spanning the manufacturer's history, from a 1900 Model B, the company's earliest known production car, to the 1956 Packard Caribbean Hardtop, a model from the same year the last Packard rolled off the line in Detroit. But its jewel is a 1937 Twelve Roadster that was donated to the museum in July. The car is "absolutely gorgeous and also totally top of line for that year," said Christine Bobco, assistant director of operations for the museum. The glossy black sedan has a red pinstripe and gleaming red leather upholstery, and "people come in just to see that car sometimes." A f t e r - hours: The very word con- jures up some- thing sort of spe- cial, exclusive, VIP. After the Akron Zoo closes to the public for the day, groups can get up close to many animals that are more active at night. Groups can use the museum after hours for ban- quets, receptions and other events set among the his- toric cars. The Great Hall, which houses newer models from the Detroit years, can accommodate about 250 people for a seated meal or more for standing recep- tions. In the smaller Legacy Gallery, visitors will find earlier models, including some that were made at the Warren factory between 1899 and 1903. Groups often use the space to complement the larger Great Hall; for example, setting up cookie tables or a silent auction in the Legacy Gallery and having their meal in the Great Hall, Bobco said. Out back, a large, fenced courtyard is ideal for event tents, food trucks and barbecues. www.packardmuseum.org Armstrong Air and Space Museum Wapakoneta Not many meeting spaces give groups a chance to ride in a replica lunar rover or try their hand at docking the Gemini VIII spacecraft. At the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, hometown of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, visitors can do both and more. For after-hours events, groups can rent the entire museum or use designated spaces. The Modern Space Ohio After Dark The National Packard Museum in Warren makes an elegant setting for after-hours events. By Rachel Carter Courtesy National Packard Museum