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Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Washington, District of Columbia
Washington, DC, DC
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(202) 633-3306

About Us

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is a wedding venue located in Washington, District of Columbia. By providing access to a variety of historical exhibits and gorgeous event spaces, this venue strives to leave a lasting impression. Available to host everything from your engagement party to your reception, here you are invited to make lasting memories with your loved ones.

Facilities and Capacity

This venue is delighted to offer you eight distinct event spaces and exclusive access to the museum for your big day. On the first floor of the building, the Presidential Reception Suite is the most formal and intimate area available for wedding celebrations. There, you and up to 80 people can celebrate inside a space that has hosted past presidents and cabinet members. Located in the Innovation Wing of the museum, The Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza can accommodate up to 500 guests. With a demonstration kitchen and built-in stage, this room is ideal for your wedding meal and entertainment. At the entrance of the Star-Spangled Banner Gallery, Flag Hall provides viewings of the flag that inspired the National Anthem. With a capacity of over 500 people, you and your loved ones can enjoy a catered meal followed by an evening of dancing. Showcasing one of the museum’s most famous objects, The Wallace H. Coulter Unity Square will steep you and your guests in civil rights history. There, you and your guests can admire the lunch counter from Woolworth’s store in North Carolina that started the sit-in movement in the 1960s. This space also opens up into an outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. For exciting photo opportunities, the Third Floor Mezzanine boasts walls full of colorful murals. If you desire a rooftop wedding, the building’s Rooftop Terrace offers panoramic views of the city and can accommodate up to 350 guests.

Services Offered

In addition to its beautiful event spaces, you and your loved ones can enjoy the variety of exhibits at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. For your convenience, this venue provides a list of preferred vendors to assist you with your planning process. Equipped with WiFi, you are encouraged to share your wedding experience online. Whether you are hosting an intimate and cozy occasion or a grand and lavish affair, this establishment is dedicated to your happily ever after.

Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$ 19,000.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$ 19,000.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$ 19,000.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$ 19,000.00

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

The NMAH offers 8 unique event spaces for you to take advantage of, not including all of our exhibtions!

Describe your venue

Government Building, Museum, Rooftop

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Outside Vendors, Preferred Vendors Only, Wifi

What transportation and access is available?

Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

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