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Host an Event in Washington, DC

With event spaces as diverse as its holdings, and stunning views of both the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian is one of the city's premier event venues.

The museum is available for event rentals for corporate and non-profit organizations, personal and social events, fundraising events for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, and daytime meetings. The museum can host events ranging from a private dinner for 10 to a full-building rental for 3,500 guests.

For more information and to reserve your space, contact the Office of Special Events at nmai-specialevents@si.edu or 202-633-6982.

Welcome Plaza

Guests' entry experience begins with the museum's landscape and installations, a cascading water feature, and Native plant life leading to the Welcome Plaza. Welcome your guests with hors d'oeuvres and performances as they arrive for your event.

Welcome Plaza at night Native performance at the Welcome Plaza Welcome Plaza

Welcome Plaza | Standing capacity 300


Outdoor Amphitheater | View Floorplan

Accessible from the Potomac Atrium, the Outdoor Amphitheater allows guests to enjoy the Native landscape during your event. Open the space for a pre-dinner reception or wind down the evening with a dessert reception beside the water feature.

Outdoor Amphitheater

Outdoor Amphitheater | Standing capacity 100


First Floor

Potomac Atrium | View Floorplan

Guests enter the museum into the Potomac Atrium, which, at 100 feet in diameter and four stories high, is our main event space. Named for an Algonquian phrase meaning "where the goods are brought in," the Potomac celebrates contemporary Native culture and offers a place for receptions and seated dinners.

View of Potomac Atrium from above Stage setup at Potomac Atrium View of Potomac Atrium from above Tables set up in Potomac Atrium Seating in Potomac Atrium Potomac Atrium

Potomac Atrium | Standing capacity 600 | Seating capacity 350


Mary Louise and Elmer Rasmuson Theater | View Floorplan

With a generous stage and an intimate atmosphere, the Rasmuson is a flexible space that can be used for presentations, lectures, and seminars. Rental of the Rasmuson Theater includes access to the greenroom suite and two dressing rooms.

Seating area in theater Seating area in theater Exterior of theater THeater stage

Mary Louise and Elmer Rasmuson Theater | Seating capacity 314


Third Floor

Third Floor Overlook | View Floorplan

The Third Floor Overlook is an ideal setting for a cocktail reception and allows guests the opportunity to explore two of the museum's galleries, featuring the exhibitions Americans and The Great Inka Road.

Third Floor Overlook Elevators on the third floor

Third Floor Overlook | Standing capacity 150


Fourth Floor

Fourth Floor Overlook | View Floorplan

A reception on the Fourth Floor Overlook offers guests access to private lounge spaces, views of the National Mall, and access to galleries featuring the exhibitions Our Universes and Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.

Exhibition on the Fourth Floor Overlook

Fourth Floor Overlook | Standing capacity 200


Patrons Lounge | View Floorplan

The Patrons Lounge is an elegant space for a dinner, luncheon, reception, or other gathering, with unparalleled views of the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall.

Lunch spread in the Patrons Lounge Tables in the Patrons Lounge Seating in the Patrons Lounge

Patrons Lounge | Standing capacity 100 | Seating capacity 80


Fourth Floor Conference Rooms | View Floorplan

The Fourth Floor Conference Rooms are available for daytime meetings, luncheons, and presentations. For an evening event, they can also serve as a private lounge, an office for day-of coordinators, and a staging space for event materials.

Seating in a conference room Tables in a conference room View of Capitol from a conference room Tables, chairs, and podium in a conference room

Room 4018/4019 | Theater seating 80 | Classroom seating 60 | Boardroom seating 40
Room 4025 | Theater seating 30 | Classroom seating 24 | Boardroom seating 18


Fifth Floor

Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Terrace | View Floorplan

Affording guests spectacular views of the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument, the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Terrace is an outdoor space suitable for lunches, receptions, and seated dinners.

Tables and Capitol view from terrace Setting for meal on terrace View from terrace

Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Terrace | Standing capacity 150 | Seating capacity 80


Policies and Guidelines

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., can host the following types of events:

  • Private receptions for corporations, non-profits, and foundations
  • Fundraising events for organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Personal social events for adults, such as wedding receptions, memorials, anniversary celebrations, and birthday parties for those over the age of 13
  • Personal youth events, such as proms, dances, and birthday parties for those over the age of 13
  • Business gatherings in non-public spaces

For additional information, please refer to the Policies and Vendor Guidelines for each building.

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