Event Rentals

Museum settings

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Night time view of the Atrium with tables set for a wedding reception

Main Atrium

First impressions are important, and your guests will be awed by the sight of our breathtaking Atrium designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Located in the heart of the museum, this light-filled space boasts an arched glass roof that soars dramatically overhead and offers generous space for dinner and dancing. Enjoy a lively wedding reception like no other with this stunning backdrop.


300 for seated dinners
270 with dancing
400 for standing receptions

A couple getting married in East India Marine Hall with a crowd seated watching the ceremony

East India Marine Hall

Built in 1824 by the founders of the museum, East India Marine Hall is a traditional New England-style ballroom and formally designated as a National Historic Landmark. This elegant space features arched floor-to-ceiling Palladian windows, two grand chandeliers, polished hardwood floors and maritime art.


150 for seated dinners
120 with dancing
300 for standing receptions
250 for wedding ceremonies

Interior view of the Garden Atrium

Garden Atrium

Designed with a stunning sky-high glass ceiling, this brand-new light-filled Atrium adds a dynamic element to your wedding experience. Combined with the outdoor garden, this venue space is perfect for cocktails, standing receptions and small dinners.


50 for seated dinners
200 for standing receptions
70 for wedding ceremonies

Round tables and chairs set for a wedding reception in a room with stenciled artwork on white walls

Forbes and Copeland Galleries

Located on the first level, these two galleries offer an intimate setting for your guests. Enjoy a seated or standing dinner reception in the larger H.A. Crosby Forbes Gallery, featuring a commissioned installation by artist Vanessa Platacis. Guests can mingle over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Pamela Cunningham Copeland Gallery and explore the adjacent outdoor patio and garden.


70 for seated dinners
120 for standing receptions

Ropes Garden

The Ropes Garden

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View of the Morse Auditorium interior

The Edward Sylvester Morse Auditorium

Our state-of-the-art theater has full audio and visual support for lectures and presentations.


Stadium seating for up to 185 people