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Office of Special Events

The Office of Special Events creates, designs, and implements all facets of the receptions, dinners, donation ceremonies, and other special events at the Museum. The office also provides corporations, associations, and other organizations the opportunity to co-host a dinner or reception as a benefit of making a charitable contribution to the educational program of the Museum. These events take place in a setting unlike any other, amid the highly acclaimed exhibitions and artifacts that tell the extraordinary story of the American people, from The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden to Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian, and from Thomas Jefferson's lap desk to Judy Garland's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.

Special Events Information

Where can I find more information?

For a complete copy of the Museum's special events policy, please contact us.

A team of professional event specialists is available to ensure a unique and memorable experience for both host and guests. Please contact us by phone or email to discuss your next event.

Elise Luthi

Event Spaces and Popular Exhibitions

The National Museum of American History displays three centuries of the nation's history and offers many options for reception and dinner sites throughout the Museum. Although food and beverages are restricted to non-exhibition spaces, exhibitions are chosen to customize each event to guests’ interests.

Special Events

Make your next event an historic occasion at the nation's only National Museum of American History! You and your guests may explore America's heritage at a very special event, before or after hours. Corporations, associations, organizations, and individuals have an opportunity unavailable anywhere else: to host a meeting, reception or dinner adjacent to highly acclaimed exhibitions which tell the extraordinary story of the American people.


Elise Luthi


Austin Heath

Special Events Coordinator

Sarah Loux

Senior Special Events Coordinator