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 | 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.
First Floor: Mary Louise and Elmer Rasmuson Theater | View Floorplan
Third Floor Overlook | View Floorplan
Third Floor Overlook | Standing capacity 150
Fourth Floor: Overlook | View Floorplan
Fourth Floor Overlook | Standing capacity 200
Fourth Floor: Patrons Lounge | View Floorplan
Fourth Floor: Conference Rooms | View Floorplan
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.