Host Your Event at SAAM

This is an image taken at night inside the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Washington’s most elegant and dazzling venue

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center, is housed in a gloriously renovated National Historic Landmark building. Conveniently located within walking distance of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in vibrant downtown D.C., the museum is steps away from DC’s best hotels, restaurants, and entertainment. See museum location on map

See also: Host an event at our branch museum, the Renwick Gallery

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

  • Reception: 1200
  • Seated Dinner: 850

Designed by the world-renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners, the enclosed courtyard provides a distinctive, contemporary accent to the museums’ Greek Revival building. With its elegant glass canopy, it is one of the largest and most dazzling event spaces in Washington.

Luce Foundation Center for American Art

  • Reception: 800
  • Seated: 300

The Luce Center highlights more than 3,000 works of art in floor to ceiling glass cases on two balconied levels overlooking a sculpture gallery. The Luce Center’s distinctive architectural elements, such as a multi- colored marble floor, and a city-block long skylight will make any gathering an event to remember.

Great Hall

  • Reception: 366
  • Seated: 300

This Victorian space, accentuated by late 19th century architectural details, was the reception area where President Lincoln greeted guests attending his second inaugural ball. The hand laid encaustic tile floor, and soaring vaulted ceilings are sure to captivate your guests.


  • Reception: 50
  • Seated: 40

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

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

  • Seated: 340

The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, a 340-seat facility located on the building’s lower level is equipped with film projection capabilities, flexible lighting, a sprung stage and concert grand piano.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

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

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.

Yes, you can download the museum floor plan [PDF]. You will 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.

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