Venue Hire - National Portrait Gallery

Host an Event at the Reynolds Center

Host your corporate special event at Washington's most elegant and dazzling new venue. The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in the Donald W. Reynolds Center have opened this historic national landmark building after a six-year renovation. The spectacular decor of the Victorian embellished Great Hall includes faux finished columns and an intricate stained glass rotunda. The Luce Foundation Center for American Art displays block-long skylights showcasing 3300 works of art on two balconied levels overlooking a marble-floored sculpture gallery.

The Great Hall, a regal space accentuated by late 19th century architectural highlights was the reception area where President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln greeted guests attending the president's second inaugural ball. The hand laid encaustic tile floor, curving double staircase and soaring vaulted ceilings are sure to captivate your guests.

Luce Foundation Center for American Art features three levels of Smithsonian American Art Museum's painting, sculpture, folk art, and craft collections, stored in floor to ceiling glass cases. The Luce Center's architectural elements such as the marble flooring, large windows and skylights - comparable to the length of a city block - will make any gathering an event to remember.


The Great Hall (Seated dinner 300, reception 366)
The Luce Center (seated dinner 300, reception 800)
Both spaces (seated dinner 600, reception 1150)

The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Seating: 346

The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, a 346-seat facility located on the building's lower level is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound and video system, film projection capabilities, flexible lighting, a sprung stage and concert grand piano.

Seating: 45
Modeled after the Parthenon in Athens, this graceful outdoor space creates the perfect atmosphere for intimate cocktail receptions.

Event Start Time
All special events that take place in the Luce Foundation Center and the Great Hall must begin after 7:00pm.
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