Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

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About Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

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.

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2nd Floor Terrace
2nd Floor Terrace
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Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
Rooftop terrace ceremony
Rooftop terrace ceremony
Winter wedding
Winter wedding
Rooftop terrace lounge area
Rooftop terrace lounge area
An elegant rooftop wedding
An elegant rooftop wedding
Wine table
Wine table
Sunset rooftop wedding
Sunset rooftop wedding
Rooftop wedding reception
Rooftop wedding reception
Ceremony on the roof
Ceremony on the roof
Views of the washington monument
Views of the washington monument
Washington monument at night
Washington monument at night
Rooftop portrait
Rooftop portrait
Seated wedding dinner
Seated wedding dinner
Star spangled banner exhibit
Star spangled banner exhibit
Elegant wedding reception
Elegant wedding reception
Museum wedding reception
Museum wedding reception
Wedding banquet setup
Wedding banquet setup
Romantic wedding banquet
Romantic wedding banquet
Ambient lighting
Ambient lighting
View from the mezzanine
View from the mezzanine
3rd Floor Cocktails
3rd Floor Cocktails
3rd Floor Cocktails
3rd Floor Cocktails
3rd Floor West Wing
3rd Floor West Wing
Seated Dinner & Performance
Seated Dinner & Performance
1st Floor Cocktails
1st Floor Cocktails
1st Floor Cocktails
1st Floor Cocktails
1st Floor Seated Dinner
1st Floor Seated Dinner
1st Floor Cocktails
1st Floor Cocktails
1st Floor Cocktails
1st Floor Cocktails
Presidential Reception Suite
Presidential Reception Suite
2nd Floor Reception
2nd Floor Reception
2nd Floor Cocktails
2nd Floor Cocktails
2nd Floor Cocktails
2nd Floor Cocktails
2nd Floor - Seated Dinner
2nd Floor - Seated Dinner
2nd Floor Terrace
2nd Floor Terrace
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Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
Rooftop terrace ceremony
Rooftop terrace ceremony

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Smithsonian's National Museum of American History FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 19000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 19000
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 19000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 19000
  • 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

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

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    Private Rooftop Terrace at No Additional Cost!

    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.

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  • Washington, District of Columbia Washington, DC, 20560 See on map
    2026333306 (Phone number)
    2026332727 (Other Phone Number)
    Monday-Friday, 9:00am until 5:00pm
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