Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

8th and F Sts NW, Washington, DC
Max Capacity: 1200 people
Host your special event in Washington's most elegant and stunning venue. As part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, the National Portrait Gallery is housed in a gloriously renovated National Historic Landmark building. This third-oldest federal building was once described as the noblest of Washington buildings by Walt Whitman. Entertain your guests in one of three exquisite spaces, or combine spaces to create a truly memorable event. Celebrate in the breathtaking Kogod Courtyard under a twinkling glass canopy that appears to float over beautiful neoclassical architecture. Host your party amid the spectacular Victorian decor of the Great Hall, which features a hand-laid encaustic tile floor, curving double staircase, and soaring vaulted ceilings. Invite your guests to enjoy the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, where block-long skylights showcase more than 3,300 works of art on two levels of balconies overlooking a marble-floored sculpture gallery. In addition to our enchanting event spaces, our beautiful Greek Revival Building, once home to the U.S. Patent Office, is centrally located in the heart of Washington's thriving Penn Quarter district-near hotels, restaurants, and the Verizon Center-making it the ideal choice for your special event.
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Amenities
  • Air Conditioned
  • Cafeteria/Snack Bar Available
  • Designated Bus Loading Area
  • Full Bar/Lounge
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • High Speed Internet
  • Historic Landmark/Registry
  • Non-Smoking
  • Outdoor Function Area
  • Outside Catering Allowed
  • Valet Parking
  • Wireless Internet/Wi-Fi
Features
  • Facility Location Setting: Located in the DC's city center, the National Portrait Gallery is the ideal place for your next corporate event. The museum is adjacent to the Verizon Center, near hundreds of dining options, hotels, and other unique attractions.
  • Max Number of People for an Event: 1200
  • Nearest Airport: 6-10 miles
  • Nearest Overnight Accommodations: Less than 1 mile
  • Nearest Public Transportation: Less than 1 mile
  • Number of Event/Function Spaces: 3
  • Year Built: 1851
  • Year Renovated: 2000
Baltimore, MD  
Capacity: 100
$30-$40 per person
Luna Del Sea is proud to offer the highest quality of fresh seafood brought in by local fisheries, the freshest organic vegetables and produce brought in by local farmers and purveyors as well as grass fed beef and poultry from local markets. Not only does Luna Del Sea do catering and fine dining, but we do event planning for you. If you are looking for someone to handle your event from top to bottom, we are happy to provide that service - saving you both time and money in the process. Luna Del Sea also offers a wide variety of settings to cater to your dining needs. We offer an elegant white tablecloth dining room, a casual and comfortable outdoor seating area, an intimate patio and elegant ballroom. Luna Del Sea can cater to any event, whether it be business lunches, romantic dinners for couples, dinner parties and casual socials. Luna Del Sea also offers a full ballroom that can be used for larger parties, social gatherings or private events. Our management staff, service staff, and chefs will be more than happy to accommodate any of your service needs and desires. ** No outside caterers allowed **
Laurel, MD  
Capacity: 620
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Fairfax, VA  
Capacity: 200
$80-$85 per person
The Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax is a five story hotel with contemporary open lobby and elegantly appointed guest rooms. Our patio is the perfect space for a wedding. We host events of all types including weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, galas, fundraisers, graduations, reunions, birthday and other special events.
Ellicott City, MD  
Capacity: 100
$3-$35 per person
$8-$1,500 per event
Kelsey’s continues its deep commitment to providing the very best service, menu selections, and bar options in its newly expanded catering venue—The Moore Room. Our beautifully decorated and private room is perfect for up to 100 seated guests or 150 standing events including family parties, business functions or any social occasion. We do not charge a room fee - Just a food and beverage minimum. Please review our packages below for additional information!
Washington, DC  
Capacity: 600
$110-$150 per person
$750 per event
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Capacity: 600
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Capacity: 100
$600-$3,000 per event
The Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC / Bethesda is nestled in the heart of chic, downtown Bethesda, MD. This bustling urban district is just seven miles northwest of Washington, DC, and home to nearly 200 restaurants, two live theatres, 20 art galleries, and some of the best shopping in the Nation's Capital. The hotel is conveniently located three miles from Glen Echo Park and only one block south of the Bethesda Metrorail's Red Line Station, which puts you and your guests only minutes away from famous DC attractions like the Smithsonian Institute, Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, and the White House. Our hotel offers a comfortable, contemporary oasis with direct access to the hotel's Mezzanine level where you can host your Wedding Rehearsal, Brunch, Welcome / Hospitality Reception, and Bridal Shower. All 216 guest rooms feature: complimentary wired and wireless Internet; large work desk with convenient, desk - level outlets, and ergonomic Mirra chair by Herman Miller; two dual - line phones with data port and voicemail; complimentary remote printing to the business center; refrigerator and microwave oven; seating area and high definition LCD television; Sleep Deep with our revolutionary Garden; Sleep System bed (in many rooms) - providing pressure - free comfort with adjustable firmness settings; and fresh and fluffy white duvet and high thread count linen. Call or email today to reserve your Guest Room Block - rooms are filling fast! And see the Deals section to take advantage of our Wedding Perk Packages!