Museums Make for Beautiful Event Spaces
by Karen Carzo
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Often visited and thought about for the art collections and historical and cultural exhibits they house, museums offer a variety of options for corporate and social events.  From grand halls with beautiful architecture to individual exhibit spaces and decorated conference rooms for more intimate gatherings, museums and art galleries are great places for celebrations and meetings.  Here are a few to keep in mind when planning your next event.

The Salmagundi Club of New York is one of the oldest art organizations in America.  Housed in an 1854 landmarked building, the Club features a state-of-the-art gallery, a Victorian parlor, classic boardroom, rare book library, intimate bar and pool hall as well as a fully-equipped kitchen and dining room.  For quiet gatherings to galas and fundraisers, the Salmagundi Club of New York provides a unique atmosphere. www.salmagundi.org, 212.225.7740, , Chris Nunnally, cnunnally@salmagundi.org.



One of New York City’s leading cultural attractions since 2002, the Museum of Sex features rotating exhibits on the historical and cultural significance of sexuality that are sure to spark lively conversation among guests.  Space on any one of the museum’s four floors can accommodate events such as press conferences, parties, product launches, book readings and signings, cocktail receptions, movie screenings and more.  The museum’s world-class culinary and beverage team can design a menu that’s perfectly suited for your event.  www.museumofsex.com, 212.689.6337, Evelyn Ramirez, eramirez@museumofsex.com. 


With all the glamour of Gilded Age New York and a uniquely elegant setting, the Henry Clay Frick Mansion, where The Frick Collection is housed, provides a beautiful atmosphere for cocktail parties, dinners and receptions of all types.  Guests can also experience the Frick's preeminent art collection - which includes masterpieces of European paintings, decorative arts and sculpture - in an unhurried manner. www.frick.org, 212.547.6873, events@frick.org.


The Rubin Museum of Art offers 70,000 square feet of architectural beauty with a world-class collection of art from the Himalayas, India and surrounding regions.  The museum’s Spiral Lobby with its breathtaking French limestone staircase, and the Colonnade with gilded columns and hardwood floors are just a few locations within the museum where events can be held. www.rubinmuseum.org, 1212.620.5000, RMA.events@starr-restaurant.com.


One of the most unique and historic spaces in New York City is The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.  In addition to the 25,000 square feet of interior event space, there is also the Space Shuttle Pavilion, featuring Enterprise, located on the vessel’s enormous flight deck with gorgeous views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.  Custom catering is provided by CxRA, who brings years of experience to the creation of each dish prepared with fresh, local ingredients.  www.intrepidmuseum.org, 646.381.5301,  eventinfo@intrepidmuseum.org.

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is a place where art, history and culture come together in an extraordinary way.  NMAI is housed in one of the most beautiful Beaux-Arts buildings in the city - the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in Lower Manhattan, and available for events, breakfast meetings, intimate receptions, seminars, luncheons, movie screenings or gala dinners.  However, use of the venue is reserved for corporations and non-profit organizations. www.americanindian.si.edu, 212.514.3820, moynihant@si.edu.

If you’re planning an event in the nation’s capital, you can’t overlook the Newseum.  The venue’s Great News Hall provides a dramatic backdrop for receptions, dinners and gala events, while the 24,000 square foot, bi-level Knight Conference Center features flexible meeting space for all corporate gatherings.  Each conference level has adjacent terraces and sweeping views of Pennsylvania Avenue’s famous landmarks.  All events are catered by internationally acclaimed chef, Wolfgang Puck. www.newseum.org, 202.292.6100, Pam Galloway-Tabb pgtabb@newseum.org.


Part gallery, part event space, the Long View Gallery, also in Washington, DC, features 8,500 square feet of flexible floor plans and 2,500 square feet of outdoor patio space plus all the smart tech needed to raise your next event to an art form.  www.longviewgallerydc.com, 202.716.9636,  Suzi Molak, suzi@longviewgallerydc.com.


For more venue ideas, visit www.GreatPlacesDirectory.com.

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