Host Events at the Museum
Make your event a part of history!
Since the 1885 Inaugural Ball of President Grover Cleveland, the National Building Museum's historic home has been the stage for some of Washington's most elegant and exciting events; and the tradition continues today. Host your seated dinner, reception, concert, meeting, or other event in a grand 19th-century setting equipped with modern conveniences and flexibility.
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The Great Hall
The Great Hall is available for evening rentals seven days a week. The three adjoining courts that make up the Great Hall may be used individually or together, enabling the Museum to accommodate seated dinners and receptions for groups of 200 to 2,000. View a floor plan of the Museum's Great Hall.
On-site facilities include an ample caterer's kitchen with an adjacent loading dock and the capacity to handle large-scale stagings, involving film, video, music, lighting, and laser shows. All this at one of Washington's most accessible locations—only minutes from the Convention Center and downtown hotels.
- Interested in learning more about hosting your event in the Great Hall of the National Building Museum? Complete the special event request for information.
- See some examples of the Great Hall set up for special events or read more about the details for renting the Great Hall.
- Interested in using the Great Hall of the National Building Museum for your wedding?
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- For additional information about renting the Great Hall, contact the Museum's Office of Special Events at 202.272.2448, ext. 3107 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pension Commissioner's Suite
Once the private office of the Pension Commissioner, the Pension Commissioner's Suite consists of two historically preserved rooms and a catering staging area and can accomodate up to 110 guests for a seated dinner or up to 200 guests for a standing reception. All uses of the Suite are subject to service charges determined by the scope of the event. Museum members interested in using the Pension Commissioner's Suite should contact the Development Department at 202.272.2448. For all other rental requests and addtional information, contact the Museum's Office of Special Events at 202.272.2448, ext. 3107 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Museum's Auditorium is suitable for programs, working lunches, and symposia, and can accommodate up to 150 guests in theatre-style rows or up to 100 guests at round tables. The Auditorium is located on the Museum's first floor and is equipped with state of the art audio-visual technology, podium, and stage. All uses of the Auditorium are subject to service charges determined by the scope of the event. Museum members interested in using the Auditorium should contact the Development Department at 202.272.2448. For all other rental requests and additional information, contact the Museum's Office of Special Events at 202.272.2448, ext. 3107 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to our larger spaces, the Museum has two meeting rooms available exclusively to our Corinthian members:
The Beverly Willis Library
The Beverly Willis Library is an elegant meeting space for up to 20 and is equipped with a boardroom style table, a flat panel TV monitor, conference phone, internet connection, and DVD player. Overlooking the Museum's majestic Great Hall, the Library is suitable for meetings and staff retreats and is available for use during business hours Monday-Friday. All uses of the Library are subject to services charges determined by the scope of the event. Corinthian members interested in scheduling a meeting in the Beverly Willis Library or to learn more about Corinthian membership at the Museum, please contact the Development Department at 202.272.2448.
The Corinthian Lounge
The Corinthian Lounge is a stylish room for holding business meetings, having lunch, or simply relaxing while visiting the Museum's exhibitions. The Corinthian Lounge, open during business hours Monday-Friday, is perfect for smaller gatherings and is equipped with meeting space for six, two laptop work stations with Internet access, a refrigerator, and an outside telephone line. Corinthian members interested in scheduling a meeting in the Corinthian Lounge or to learn more about Corinthian membership at the Museum, contact the Development Department at 202.272.2448.