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Host an event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery

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Host Your Corporate Event at Washington’s Most Elegant and Dazzling Venue

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center, are housed in a gloriously renovated National Historic Landmark building. Neoclassicism meets 21st-century exuberance in our museums’ unique event spaces

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

  • Reception: 1200
  • Seated: 850

The Luce Foundation Center

  • Reception: 800
  • Seated: 300

The Great Hall

  • Reception: 366
  • Seated: 300

Portico

  • Reception: 50
  • Seated: 40

The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

  • Seated: 346

Getting Here

Conveniently located within walking distance of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in vibrant downtown D.C., the Reynolds Center is steps away from D.C.’s best hotels, restaurants, and entertainment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have an in-house caterer?

We do not offer in house catering or audio visual support. A special events coordinator will be happy to assist with recommendations upon request.

When can I start my event?

The museum is open to the public from 11:30am to 7:00pm. Evening special events can begin at 7:00pm when the museum closes to the public. The Courtyard, Great Hall and Luce Center can be closed early for an additional fee.

What are the load-in and set-up times?

Your vendors are permitted to load-in and set items such as staging and lighting from 7:00am to 11:00am. Your vendors can return at 3:00pm to finish set up around the public

What is the closest Metro station?

We are located directly above the Gallery-Place Chinatown (Red, Yellow, and Green) WMATA station and are a short two block walk from the Metro Center (Silver, Blue, Orange, Red) WMATA Station.

Are there floor plans of the museum?

Yes, you can download the museum floor plan. You'll find the Courtyard and entrance to the McEvoy Auditorium on the first floor, the Portico on the second floor, and the Luce Center and Great Hall on the third floor.

Give us a Call

Call us at (202) 633-7980

or

Send us an email

Email us at [email protected]

or use the inquiry form

No matter how you contact us, our team will contact you as quickly as possible to address your needs.

Kogod Courtyard

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The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, with its elegant glass canopy, is one of the largest and most magnificent event spaces in Washington. Designed by the world-renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners, the enclosed courtyard provides a distinctive, contemporary accent to the museums' Greek Revival building.

  • Reception: 1200
  • Seated: 850

The Luce Foundation Center

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The Luce Center features three levels of Smithsonian American Art Museum's painting, sculpture, folk art, and craft collections, on display in floor to ceiling glass cases. The Luce Center's architectural elements such as the elaborate columns, bronze railings, multicolored marble floor, large windows and a city-block long skylight will make any gathering an event to remember.

  • Reception: 800
  • Seated: 300

The Great Hall

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This regal space, accentuated by late 19th century architectural highlights was the reception area where President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln greeted guests attending the president's second inaugural ball. The hand laid encaustic tile floor, curving double staircase and soaring vaulted ceilings are sure to captivate your guests.

  • Reception: 366
  • Seated: 300

Portico

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Modeled after the Parthenon in Athens, this graceful outdoor space creates the perfect atmosphere for intimate cocktail receptions.

  • Reception: 50
  • Seated: 40

The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

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The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, a 346-seat facility located on the building's lower level is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound and video system, film projection capabilities, flexible lighting, a sprung stage and concert grand piano.

  • Seated: 346