Host an Event at the Arts and Industries Building

Arts and industries Building exterior

About the Building 

Located on the National Mall, the Arts and Industries Building is the second-oldest Smithsonian building and was the first built solely for the display of the national collections. It was completed in 1881, just in time to host a presidential inaugural ball. After structural renovations, this national historic landmark reopened in early 2016 as an exclusive special events venue. The grand Victorian style façade invites guests into an expansive, light-filled interior, featuring four spacious halls and a soaring central rotunda.  

Types of Rentals 

These large event spaces serve as majestic settings for seated dinners, receptions and other daytime and evening special events. Evening events can also be enhanced by incorporating the adjoining Enid A. Haupt Garden, pending availability. The building can be rented for up to two days including load-in and load-out. 

The following types of rental events are authorized at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building: 

  • Fundraising galas for organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status 
  • Private business meetings 
  • Personal social events for adults such as wedding receptions, memorials, anniversary celebrations and birthday parties 

We are unable to accommodate: 

  • Youth events, such as proms, dances, bar/bat mitzvahs, debuts, cotillions, quinceañeras, or birthday parties 
  • Weddings are limited to six per calendar year and not more than one per month  
  • Trade shows and conferences 

Reserve Space 

For more information on renting the Arts and Industries Building for your next event, please contact the Office of Special Events at or 202.633.2020.  

To reserve space for an event in the Arts and Industries Building, please complete an application and submit it to A contract will be provided for signature once the application has been approved. The event is not guaranteed until this application is approved, all parties sign an event contract, and initial payment has been received. Before signing the completed application, please review the Arts and Industries Special Events Policy. By signing the application, the renter has agreed to comply with the policy. 

Upon request, the Office of Special Events and Protocol will provide a list of vendors who are familiar with the procedures and guidelines of working in the Arts and Industries Building. The Smithsonian has final approval in the selection of all vendors. 

Event Spaces

arts and industries floorplan


The Arts and Industries Building includes four halls—north, south, east, and west—which intersect in a central Rotunda. The Enid A. Haupt Garden, located on the west side of the building, can be used for evening events pending availability.

A&I Rotunda


Building Capacities: 

2,200-person capacity with 500 per hall and 200 in the Rotunda 

1,320-person capacity with 300 per hall and 120 in the Rotunda 

AIB exterior


Enid A. Haupt Garden

This elegant formal garden, which features fountains and seasonal plantings, is available for evening events in conjunction with the Arts and Industries Building, pending availability. The garden is located just outside the west door of the Arts and Industries Building.

Contact Us

Smithsonian Office of Special Events and Protocol
Phone: 202.633.2020
Fax: 202.633.2023

Mailing Address
1100 Independence Ave., SW
Suite 3160, MRC 713
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Office Location
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Suite 3160, MRC 713
Washington, DC 20560

Arts and Industries Building Street Address 
900 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC 20560