Host Your Event at SAAM

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

Photo by Imijination Photography.

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

Contact us, and let us help you make your event unforgettable! Call (202)633-7980 or email

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

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

  • Reception: 1200
  • Seated Dinner: 850

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.

Luce Foundation Center for American Art

  • Reception: 800
  • Seated: 300

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.

Great Hall

  • Reception: 366

  • Seated: 300

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: 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: 346

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.


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.

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 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.

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.

Contact the SAAM special events team

Contact us, and let us help you make your event unforgettable! Call (202)633-7980 or email

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