Host Events

Since 1885, the National Building Museum has been the stage for Washington, D.C.’s most elegant events. Explore five magnificent, historic spaces available for your seated dinner, reception, concert, or meeting.


THE GREAT HALL

Impressive Italian Renaissance design, a central fountain and eight colossal Corinthian columns have made the Great Hall a sought-after spot for gala events, including many Presidential Inaugural Balls.

GREAT HALL FEATURES
  • Space for up to 2,000 guests
  • Three adjoining courts that can be used individually or together.
  • Capacity for large-scale staging’s (film, video, music, lighting).

Auditorium (1st Floor)

This Auditorium is adjacent to the Great Hall on the first floor and serves well for meetings and private events. Direct outdoors access for power/audio/visual cable runs. Can also be utilized for production and catering staging areas.

Auditorium Features:
  • Space for 150 seated theatre-style or 100 at round tables
  • Equipped with full AV capabilities
  • Podium, stage, and screen

Pension Commissioner’s Suite (2nd Floor)

Located on the second floor, the Suite is comprised of two historically preserved rooms and serves well for private events. Situated above the Great Hall, the Suite can be set up production and catering staging areas.

Suite Features:
  • Space for 110 seated, 200 standing
  • Two historically preserved rooms
  • Catering staging area
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EARTHCAM LIVE FEED OF THE GREAT HALL

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Find the membership level that's best for you!
  • Available 7 days a week
  • Max Number Standing: 2,000
  • Max Number Seated: 200
  • Number of Event Spaces: 5
  • Largest Space: 36,656 sq. ft.
  • ADA/ACA Accessible
  • Outside Catering Allowed
  • Valet Parking
  • Wireless Internet/Wi-Fi
  • Prep kitchen with Adjacent Loading Dock

Production Capability

The National Building Museum offers accessible corridors and balconies for full-power, technical environments.

technical specifications:
  • 3-phase power connection
  • Power connection ratings with kW totals ?
  • Capacity for large-scale staging’s (film, video, music, lighting)
SEE layout diagram

Ideal Location

Positioned only 4 blocks from the National Mall, the National Building Museum boasts a central location within the District.

A HISTORIC VENUE:
  • Close to the National Mall
  • Located between G and H Street
  • Easy access for load-ins and guest entry
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Event Planning Downloads

See floor plans and downloads for producers and event planners looking for more detailed specifications of the event spaces at the National Building Museum .

events PHOTO gallery

Explore our photo gallery to see stunning events at the historic National Building Museum in Washington D.C.

 

The National Building Museum does not partner with private organizations who rent the facility to host their events, nor do we discriminate based on lawful private event content. As a museum within a federally owned historic building, we do not endorse the views of unaffiliated organizations and allow groups from across the political spectrum to rent our facilities.