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Space Rentals

The Rubin Museum is an elegant and state-of-the-art space available for private and corporate event rentals ranging from intimate cocktail receptions to large-scale celebrations for up to 500 guests.

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Olivia Cohen

Manager of Special Events

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Event Spaces and Services

Spiral Lobby
1,150 sq. ft.


Reception, 100


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3,850 sq. ft.


Reception, 400
Seated dinner, 220


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Spiral Lobby and Colonnade
5,000 sq. ft.


Reception, 500
Seated dinner, 220


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1,400 sq. ft.


Theater seating, 137
Cabaret seating, 96


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Art Lounge
1,297 sq. ft.


Reception, 100
Seated dinner, 75


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A Space for Every Occasion

From a stunning entryway to a state-of-the-art theater, the Rubin Museum has a space just right for any event. The Museum’s lobby features a dramatic spiral staircase that leads to six floors of galleries. It can be used alone for intimate gatherings as well as for receptions before or after programming in the theater. Adjacent to the lobby is the dramatically arcaded colonnade, which can be used for seated dinners or cocktail receptions. For increased flexibility and added capacity, the lobby and colonnade, equipped with customized LED lighting, can be used in tandem. The Museum’s cherrywood-lined theater is the ideal space for performances, screenings, and seminars—with a stage, pristine sound and lighting, and flexible seating—but can also function as a dramatic setting for dinner or cocktails.

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Corporate & Non-Profit Events
  • Cocktail Receptions
  • Seated Dinners
  • Meetings and Retreats
  • Holiday Parties
  • Product Launches
  • Lectures and Conferences
  • Film Screenings and Panels

Social Events

  • Milestone Celebrations
  • Birthday Parties
  • Anniversary Parties
  • Weddings and Showers
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Engagement Parties

Corporate and Social Entertaining

Rubin Museum corporate supporters and individual members are invited to use our beautiful facilities for special events. Depending on the membership level, members are entitled to a range of benefits that include use of the lobby, colonnade, and theater for private functions.

Non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, and other groups wishing to hold private events at the Rubin Museum are also welcome!

Spaces, Capacities, and Availability

With sophisticated architectural accents and in-house lighting and sound, the Rubin Museum is a stunning and elegant space for all types of events. We can accommodate intimate receptions, large-scale fetes for up to 500 guests, and seated dinners for up to 220 guests.

The Museum is primarily available for special event use outside of Museum hours. Ideal times are all-day Tuesdays, when the Museum is closed to the public; after 5:00 p.m. on Mondays or Thursdays; and after 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Private use of the Museum’s theater is subject to availability. Please review the overview and guidelines for more information.

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Event Spaces Overview (pdf)

Theater Specs (pdf)

Facility Use Guidlelines (pdf)

Planning Support and Resources

The Rubin Museum employs a full-time staff of dedicated event professionals to assist with every type of facility rental. In addition to our special events staff, the Museum provides in-house security, housekeeping, and audio/visual support. Upon request and availability, we can also provide knowledgable Museum guides as well as artistic entertainment adding a regional flavor to the event experience for your guests.


In keeping with the Museum’s incomparable atmosphere, the Rubin Museum of Art is proud to be partners with Stephen STARR Events, bringing the exceptional dining experience of renowned New York City restaurants Buddakan and Morimoto to the world of special events. With exciting cuisine, beautiful presentation, stellar service, and an attention to detail, Stephen STARR Events can offer a sensory experience unlike any other for you and your guests.

birthday art labs for children

Celebrate your child’s birthday in a unique way and leave the planning to us! Birthday Art Labs are available for children ages 2 to 10. Each two-hour program is led by Museum educators and includes an interactive gallery tour, an arts workshop, singing, and a catered lunch.

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Birthday Art Labs

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