Private Events

Modern, light-filled galleries, outdoor sculpture gardens, inventive cuisine, and attention to detail make the North Carolina Museum of Art the ideal location for your events and gatherings. Our goal is to share with you and your guests this cultural treasure, together with impeccable service, delicious food, and superior ambience, to make your occasion one that surpasses all your expectations.

The Museum and Catering Works provide turnkey design and logistical planning for your event, including rental coordination, floral services, and audiovisual arrangements. Catering Works provides all catering for events, creating outstanding menus featuring the highest-quality ingredients. Our responsive team is ready to guide you through the planning process with ease and create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you, your family, and guests.

For receptions large and small, elegant dinners, and corporate meetings, the Museum offers a spectacular collection of beautiful venues to make your event one to remember. East and West Buildings, the SECU Auditorium, Museum Park Theater, and Museum grounds provide space for nearly any size and type of occasion. The dynamic architecture, extensive art collection, and beautiful natural surroundings create an elegant backdrop.

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Bridal portrait near one of our outdoor reflecting pools

You and your guests will be surrounded by award-winning architecture, beautifully manicured landscapes, and masterpieces of art. Turnkey service and amenities in a crisp, modern atmosphere for your special day and wedding rehearsal evening make your event stand out as a matrimonial masterpiece!

East Building

Large or small, corporate events at the NCMA are elegant and stress-free. After you decide on the best space for your event, we'll take care of the details, from audiovisual needs to catering.

NCMA - West Building Great Hall

West Building Great Hall

The Museum's premier facility: entertain in the midst of the Museum’s permanent collection. Dinner/Dancing

Standing: 250 guests 

Dinner/Dancing: 150 guests

Available evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Available time: 6:30–10:30 pm

NCMA - North Courtyard

North Courtyard

Beautifully landscaped sculpture garden with trees and reflecting pool.

Standing: 100 guests

Available evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Available time: 6:30–10:30 pm

NCMA - East Building Main Hall

East Building Main Hall

The former Egyptian Gallery provides a stunning space for large events.

Standing: 275 guests

Seated: 200 guests

Available evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Available time: 6:30–10:30 pm

NCMA - Distance Learning Center

Distance Learning Center

Classroom-style setting with audiovisual capabilities included.

Seated: 40

Available daytime: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Available time: 9 am–5 pm

NCMA - Museum Auditorium

Museum Auditorium

Auditorium space available for presentations, seminars, and performances with audiovisual capabilities, large screen, and stage.

Seating capacity: 235 guests 

Available time: 9 am–5 pm

NCMA - Education Lobby

Education Lobby

Convenient reception area for events hosted in the Auditorium.

Standing: 200 guests

Seated: 125 guests

Available time: 9 am–5 pm

Planning an event? We'd love to share more about how we can help you execute the perfect experience for your guests.

We’re now accepting inquiries for private events and weddings. Click here to request more information.

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"I couldn't have picked a better venue for our wedding. The modern look and feel was exactly what we wanted, and the blank canvas that is West Building made for a beautiful backdrop for our reception. The staff (Morgan exclusively) was always very responsive and willing to take time to meet with us and answer all of our questions. He truly puts you at ease and makes you feel calm and comfortable about your big day."—Blake from WeddingWire

"The NCMA definitely exceeded our expectations as a wedding venue. We got married on the day that Hurricane Matthew passed through Raleigh, and what could have been a disastrous night ended up being a perfect one, thanks to Morgan and his team at the Museum. Morgan is exactly the kind of person you want running the show on your wedding day as well as helping you work out the details along the way. He is extremely knowledgeable on all things weddings and goes above and beyond to make sure your day is everything you want it to be." 

"We were supposed to have the ceremony in the courtyard outside, but as that was obviously not an option, we moved it inside to East Building, and they made sure this setup was every bit as beautiful. Our guests loved the venue and were especially grateful for the underground tunnel that connected to West Building (where the reception was held) so they didn't have to get out in the rain." 

"The food, flowers, linens, and cake are all included in the price for the wedding, which makes planning your day a whole lot easier, and all the vendors they contract with are absolutely wonderful to work with. We are so happy we chose to have our wedding at the NCMA and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a memorable place to get married!"—Kristen from WeddingWire

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