Host Your Event at SAAM
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
Neoclassicism meets 21st-century exuberance in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard. The spectacular decor of the Victorian-embellished Great Hall includes faux finished columns and an intricate stained glass rotunda. The Luce Foundation Center for American Art displays block-long skylights showcasing more than 3,300 works of art on two balconied levels overlooking a marble-floored sculpture gallery. Learn more about each space below.
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.
The 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.
- 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.
The 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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