As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums are temporarily closed. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on our websites and social media.
The Smithsonian's rental fee starts at $17,000 and is based on the size of the event and day of the week.
The total payment provides use of the Museum’s public areas, and includes facility services such as security, housekeeping, and support from the Office of Special Events.
Partisan political events, product sales, religious and civil ceremonies (except for weddings), gambling, and ticketed events by for-profit entities are not permitted.
Tentative ‘holds’ may be placed on clients’ preferred date upon receipt of a completed application. The client then has first right of refusal (48 hours) to sign a contract for their event (with deposit) or release the date.
Depending on complexity of the event set-up, events of fewer than 300 guests can begin as early as 6:30 p.m. For events that require considerable equipment, large numbers of vendors, multiple entertainment options, the assigned Special Event Coordinator will recommend a later time (7 or 7:30 p.m.). Additional charges apply for events ending after 10:30 p.m. Events must conclude by 11:30 p.m.
For standing receptions, the Museum can accommodate up to 3,500 guests. Our maximum capacity for seated dinners is 350.
In addition to the Rotunda, the Office of Special Events will recommend galleries specific to your event.
The Museum has an auditorium on the ground floor which can be used for programs or entertainment associated with special events. The seating capacity of the auditorium is 530.
The Museum does not have a PA system or audio-visual equipment available for clients’ use. Clients are provided with a list of experienced vendors that includes caterers, AV companies, lighting, décor, and talent representation for use in planning the event.
Yes, with the Museum’s prior permission. Any photos or video of the event may only be used for internal purposes and may not be used for promotional or commercial use.