Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Washington, DC Gallery or museum
Total meeting space1,491 sq. m
Standing capacity500
Seating capacity565
10th Street & Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20560
Onsite catering
Outside caterers allowed
10th Street & Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20560



  • AV capabilities
  • AV capabilities (Preferred vendors)
  • Furniture (Preferred vendors)
  • Lighting
  • Lighting (Preferred vendors)
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Other decor (Preferred vendors)
  • Space (Private)
  • Space (Semi-private)
  • Table linens (Preferred vendors)
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Staging area

Alcohol and catering

  • Alcohol (Preferred vendors)
  • Onsite catering
  • Outside caterers allowed

Meeting Space

Total meeting space1,491 sq. m
Meeting rooms7
Standing capacity500
Largest room525 sq. m
Second largest room325 sq. m
Seating capacity565
Space (Private)Available
Space (Semi-private)Available

Venue Costs

Cost type
Maximum radius
Room rental fee



  • Paid parking
  • Street parking


Event Insurance

Event insurance is required.

Facility Restrictions

The following types of events are not permitted at the Smithsonian: •Purely social events of a personal nature (weddings, birthdays, bar mitzvahs); •Fund-raising events for non-Smithsonian organizations or groups; •Events of a partisan, political or religious nature or designed to promote positions inconsistent with the Smithsonian’s mission. In addition, events are not permitted which: •Charge admission fees (excepting conference registration fees for conferences co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution which are subject to special conditions) •Sell tickets; •Collect donations; •Have a cash bar; •Hold raffles; •Display or promote commercial products during an event or sell articles while in the Museum, with the exception of events conducted by Smithsonian Museum Shops or the Smithsonian Associates programming; •Advance, promote, advocate or otherwise deal with policy and/or legislative initiatives other than those that are Smithsonian-related.

Additional Information

The Museum is not configured for daytime events or meetings. Smithsonian Institution policy prohibits events of a personal nature: weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthday/retirement parties, etc.

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