Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Constitution Avenue at 10th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20560

The natural choice for your next special event! Impress your guests under the dome of the four-story, Beaux-Arts Rotunda next to Henry, the African bush elephant. Our museum is home to the world-famous Hope Diamond and National Gem Collection, Ocean Hall, Mammal Hall, and the newly renovated National Fossil Hall. The National Museum of Natural History offers a unique and memorable venue for any event, from a seated dinner for 20 guests to a reception for 3,500.

Dine with a dinosaur! Party with a pachyderm! Dazzle your guests with diamonds! Entertain your guests in a variety of dramatic settings, intimate or expansive, in the world’s most visited natural history museum. 

Memorable Moment
Opened in 1910, the green-slate dome of the National Museum of Natural History rose above the tree line of Washington, D.C., forever changing the city’s skyline and the nation’s scholarly resources. 


Venue Capacity

SpaceMax. Reception CapacityMax. Seated CapacitySq. FeetFloor Plan
National Museum of Natural History: Entire Space3500500
Ocean Hall400100
Gem Hall30050
Mammal Hall35080
Human Origins Hall40060
Fossil Hall300100
More from Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Auditorium available for use during evening events (maximum capacity 530)
Special Features
Seated dinners with the Hope Diamond up to 50 guests
Seated Dinners
The Sant Ocean Hall opening reception
The Life Aquatic