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The Washington State History Museum offers a variety of spaces that can be used individually or combined to suit a wide variety of events, from small parties, business meetings and lunches to large receptions and gatherings for over 300 guests. The History Museum even has its own auditorium with over 200 seats, ideal for conferences, award ceremonies, or even a movie! Following are brief descriptions of our unique spaces.

The timing has never been better for a private event at the History Museum! 

With a line-up of creative exhibitions this summer and fall, it is a great time to host a private event at the museum. Invite your guests to experience contemporary Native art, present day and historic innovation in the form of recycled or upcycled objects, and alchemy through magic and glass. Find out more about current and upcoming exhibitions here.

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Just inside the History Museum's main entrance, the grand lobby is the building's most open and accessible room. In the daylight, its bright airiness highlights the huge arches and beautiful balconies above, while nighttime lights from the plaza and nearby Union Station add elegance to any occasion.


With its vaulted ceiling, overhanging balconies, and walkways, this fifth floor lobby area is perhaps the most unusually designed area of all the History Museum's public spaces. Ideal for receptions or intimate luncheons and dinners, this captivating area leads into the ever-changing featured exhibit galleries.


The Ben B. Cheney Mezzanine provides a versatile space that is out of the main flow of visitor traffic while offering beautiful views of the grand lobby and Union Station. With its rosewood paneling and bird's-eye views, the Mezzanine is perfect for almost any event.



The Mount Tahoma Auditorium, seating 215, has an enclosed projection booth, is disabled accessible, has a built-in stage area (entry left and right), and contains a built-in sound system with microphones and hearing assistance devices. The projection booth has audio/visual equipment available at no additional cost. The spacious auditorium lobby has its own outside entrance, as well as an inside entrance on the second floor, and is ideal for luncheons, stand-up receptions, registration activities, ticket sales, intermission refreshments, and other activities.


This impressive room with its giant arched window and sweeping views of the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Museum of Glass, and Mount Rainier offers a distinctive surrounding in which to host your meeting, reception, media event, lecture, or seminar.



The Boeing Amphitheater and Plaza offers an exceptional site for special fresh air, out-of-doors events. Whether it is a musical concert in the amphitheater or an afternoon reception on the plaza, this beautiful area is unique and spacious. Surrounded by the museum’s classic red brick arches, a majestic view of the Cascade Mountains, the intriguing Thea Foss Waterway, and the Native Washington Plaza Garden, it is truly an impressive area in which to hold your event.

The plaza is adjacent to the entrance of the Chihuly Bridge of Glass and to the Anthem Café. Entertainment presentations, lectures, and many other types of programs may be offered in the tiered Amphitheater. The Boeing Amphitheater and Plaza areas are generally used together for special events. It is possible, however, to use the areas separately.