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Ames Family Atrium

Designed by Rafael Viñoly, the Ames Family Atrium is the majestic centerpiece of the museum’s eight-year expansion and renovation project. The soaring, three-story-high ceiling accentuates the grandeur of the glass-enclosed space, in the heart of the museum's world-renowned galleries.

Anchored by the east and west planters, the atrium is a blank slate suitable for a diverse suite of gatherings. The full space can be rented for a large gathering, or a portion of the space can be rented for a more intimate event. Additionally, the south terrace can be rented with the atrium to host your wedding ceremony outside during warmer months.

Event Detail

Ideal for events such as weddings, galas, corporate dinners and gatherings, holiday parties, and bar/bat mitzvahs, the atrium features the restored marble façade of the museum's original 1916 building, which can serve as an impressive backdrop for your function.

Event Availability

7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Ames Family Atrium, Image Credit: Genevieve Nisly

Capacity and Dimensions

Guest Capacity

Reception style: 100–2,000 guests

Seated dinner: 100–900 guests


31,395 square feet

104 (w) x 298 (l) feet

Three-story ceiling height; glass enclosed

Ames Family Atrium. Photos: Genevieve Nisly

Contact Us

For more information, please contact our events department at 216-707-2141 or