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Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
Capacity: 50 – 2200
900 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20560

Office of Special Events and Protocol
phone: 202-633-2020
fax: 202-633-2023
Located on the National Mall, the Arts and Industries Building is the second-oldest Smithsonian building and was first built solely for the display of the national collections. It was completed in 1881, just in time to host a presidential inaugural ball. After structural renovations, this national landmark will reopen in early 2016 as an exclusive special events venue. The Victorian-style façade invites guests into an expansive, light-filled interior, featuring four spacious halls and a soaring central rotunda. These event spaces are available separately or together for dinners, receptions and daytime events.
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Events permitted only with a contribution to the Smithsonian
Capacity: 50 – 2200
Capacity Description:
▪ Reception: Each Hall: 500 standing, Entire Building: 2,200 standing
▪ Banquet: Each Hall: 300 seated, Entire Building: 1,300 seated
▪ Theater-style: Each Hall: 475 theater-style

Site may not be used for personal events (e.g. weddings) marketing, political or fund-raising events
Catering recommendations are available upon request
Audio Visual Capabilities
Audiovisual/Sound/Staging recommendations are available upon request
Street parking available
Location: 900 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro Station: Smithsonian Metro
This site is ADA-compliant
SESMA's mission is to develop cooperative marketing programs that bring member special event sites to the attention of meeting and event professionals throughout the DC-metro area who seek unique venues for their functions.
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