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.
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.
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Aside from our numerous exhibitions rooted in American History, the National Museum of American History offers our social event clients access to our 5th Floor Rooftop Terrace at no additional cost! With one of the most exclsuive views in Washington, DC, our rooftop has panormaic views of the National Mall spanning from the Capital Building, the Washington Monumnent, and the Lincoln Memorial. This is the perfect setting to wow your guests with a rooftop cermeony and cocktails before heading back into the museum for dinner and dancing.