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Special Events in DC

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) celebrates the culture, art, and history of Native peoples. With event spaces as diverse as its holdings and stunning views of both the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall, the NMAI is one of the city's premiere event venues.

To learn more, download the National Museum of the American Indian Special Events Brochure.

Outdoor Ampitheater | View Floorplan

Guests' event experience begins in the Welcome Plaza and with the museum's landscape. In addition to its unique collection, the NMAI is architecturally distinct from any other museum in Washington. Made of Kasota stone, the NMAI's curvilinear building suggests natural rock sculpted over time by wind and water. With a cascading water feature and native plant life, the NMAI's landscape is a wonderful complement to guests' experiences. Thanks to the outdoor amphitheater, it's also a perfect outdoor event option.

Outdoor Ampitheater

Outdoor Ampitheater | 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 the museum's 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.

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Potomac Atrium | Seating capacity 300 | Standing capacity 600

 

First Floor: Mary Louise and Elmer Rasmuson Theater | View Floorplan

With 314 seats, a generous stage, and in-house projection equipment, the Rasmuson is a flexible space that can be used for films, presentations, lectures, and seminars.

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Mary Louise and Elmer Rasmuson Theater | Seating capacity 314

 

Third Floor Overlook | View Floorplan

The Third Floor Overlook is an ideal setting for a cocktail reception and allows guests the opportunity to explore the galleries.

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Third Floor Overlook | Standing capacity 150

 

Fourth Floor: Overlook | View Floorplan

The Fourth Floor Overlook provides an additional cocktail reception space with access to the galleries and collections.

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Fourth Floor Overlook | Standing capacity 200

 

Fourth Floor: Patrons Lounge | View Floorplan

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

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Patrons Lounge | Seating capacity 80 | Standing capacity 100

 

Fourth Floor: Conference Rooms | View Floorplan

The Fourth Floor Conference Rooms can be configured to accommodate various types of meetings.

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Conference Room 4018/4019 | Seating capacity 80 | Standing capacity 130
Conference Room 4025 | Seating capacity 20 | Standing capacity 45

 

Fifth Floor: Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Director's Terrace | View Floorplan

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

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