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The History Museum is temporarily closed and, in accordance with health and safety practices related to COVID-19, we are not booking rentals for private events through June, 2020. We look forward to working with you in the future to host your meeting or special event.

Please contact Dave Becker, Facility Rentals, at 253-798-5890 with questions.

The Washington State History Museum offers a variety of spaces that can be rented individually or combined to suit events ranging from small parties, business meetings and luncheons to large receptions, weddings, and gatherings for over 300 guests.

The museum also has its own auditorium with seating for 220 guests, ideal for conferences, award ceremonies, discussion panels, performances, even movies!

Most private event rentals include access to either the Great Hall of Washington History or the featured exhibitions galleries, giving your guests an especially memorable experience. Find out more about current and upcoming exhibitions here.

Give us a call to schedule a tour of our unique spaces and meet our event coordinator.

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Rental Resources

For more information, contact Dave Becker, Facility Rentals, at 253-798-5890 or e-mail rentals@wshs.wa.gov.

Rental Spaces

History Museum Grand Lobby

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Just inside the History Museum’s main entrance, the Grand Lobby is the building’s most open and accessible space. 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.

Ben B. Cheney Mezzanine

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The Ben B. Cheney Mezzanine provides a versatile space that is away from the main flow of visitor traffic while offering beautiful views of the grand lobby and Union Station. With its rosewood paneling, flexible lighting and audio/visual equipment, the Mezzanine is perfect for almost any event.

Peter Simpson Board Room

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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.

Odlin Lobby

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.

Mount Tahoma Auditorium and Lobby

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The Mount Tahoma Auditorium, seating 215, has an enclosed projection booth, is accessible for all, features a built-in stage (entry left and right), and includes a sound system with microphones and hearing assistance devices. The projection booth has audio/visual equipment available at no additional cost.

The auditorium’s spacious lobby has its own building entrance from outside as well as an inside entrance, and is ideal for luncheons, stand-up receptions, registration activities, ticket sales, intermission refreshments, and other activities.

Boeing Outdoor Amphitheater and Plaza

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The Boeing Amphitheater and Plaza offers an exceptional site for 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 Anthem Café. Entertainment presentations, lectures, and many other types of programs may be offered in the tiered amphitheater.

 

Activity Room

The Activity Room is a flexible education space on the second floor of the museum, adjoining the Education Lobby and near the Lunch Room and restrooms. The Activity Room includes a sink and white boards and can accommodate lectures, meetings, crafts or classroom activities.

Education Lobby

This circular lobby area is often used in combination with the Activity Room, Auditorium and other spaces in the museum. The lobby can be entered directly from the museum’s outdoor amphitheater, via elevator or from the Grand Lobby via the main staircase.

Lunchroom

This room is adjacent to both the Education Lobby and the Activity Room. It is often used for children’s birthday parties and for school groups, and can be used as a break room for larger events in the museum.

Staff Lounge

The views from this room are stunning. Located on the fifth floor, this space works well in conjunction with the board room and Odlin Lobby. It also works well as a dressing and prep room for weddings or break room for larger events.

Testimonials
  • "Dave, thank you tremendously for all of your help and expertise in helping us put together a successful event. Our group truly enjoyed the venue space at the Washington State History Museum and everything was perfect."
    - Arlyn and Jim, Washington Education Association
  • "We have some beautiful pictures from our perfect wedding - thank you and your amazing team for making our day everything we ever imagined and more."
    - Libby Witter