Constitution Avenue at 10th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20560-0139
Office of Special Events
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is the most visited natural history museum in the world, welcoming approximately seven million visitors a year. With its unparalleled collections and monumental architecture, it is also a premiere site for after-hours special events for receptions ranging from 35 to 3,500 guests. The four-story, domed Rotunda can accommodate seated dinners up to 400 guests. Popular galleries for special events include the Ocean Hall; Mammals Hall; Hall of Human Origins; and the Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals – home of the legendary Hope Diamond.
Corporations and organizations that support the Museum through an unrestricted contribution are invited to celebrate their gift with an after-hours special event. Please contact the Office of Special Events for donation information.
Capacity: 35 – 3500
▪ For a Reception: lowest #: 35 highest #: 3,500
▪ For a Banquet: lowest #: 35 highest #: 400
▪ Theater-style: lowest #: 35 highest #: 500
Site may not be used for personal events (e.g., weddings) or marketing, political, or fund-raising events.
Catering is available from a list of approved caterers.
Audio Visual Capabilities
In-house A/V equipment is not available.
Limited available on-site.
Metro Station: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle.
Events are permitted in the evenings after 6:30 p.m. This site is ADA compliant.