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Private Events

MOHAI’S distinctive home in a former Naval Reserve Building offers private event experiences like no other. Art Moderne features, the original Douglas fir end grain wood floor, and other historic elements craft a visually stunning presence throughout the entire museum. MOHAI offers the use of its spaces for galas, ceremonies, presentations, learning opportunities, celebrations, and facility rentals of all kinds.

Set in the midst of beautiful Lake Union Park, downtown Seattle’s sparkling skyline rises to the south, while boats and seaplanes traverse the lake to the north. Inside the fully restored building, unique pieces of Seattle’s heritage offer the perfect setting to make any private event a truly unforgettable experience.

Spaces

Private event and function spaces at MOHAI offer the charm and character of a historic structure while simultaneously providing the necessary amenities for a contemporary function.

Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium

Gala fundraisers, auctions, receptions, holiday parties, media presentations

The Grand Atrium is MOHAI’s largest single event space, as well as the museum’s main central gallery and gathering place.

Capacity: Up to 750 for standing/reception; maximum 350 for seated/banquet

Availability: Evenings, 5 pm–midnight; not available the first Thursday of the month

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Microsoft Lakefront Pavilion

Breakfast or lunch meetings, cocktail receptions, retreats, classes

Have a meeting, lecture, or small event against the backdrop of Lake Union.

Capacity: Up to 145 for standing/reception; maximum 96 for seated/banquet

Availability: Daily, 7 am–midnight; not available the first Thursday of the month

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Norcliffe Foundation Conference Rooms

Meetings of all types; media presentations; lectures

MOHAI offers two conference rooms with views of Lake Union and the Historic Ship Wharf.

Capacity: Up to 25 single; up to 50 combined

Availability: Daily, 7 am–midnight; may be combined

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Boeing Centennial Terrace

Cocktail receptions, VIP parties

Look over Lake Union and the surrounding Park while watching the sun set behind the Space Needle.

Capacity: Up to 300

Availability: Seasonal availability, 3 pm–10 pm; dependent on Lake Union Park activities; not available the first Thursday of the month

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Stack Family Lakeview Terrace

Intimate receptions, cocktail receptions, VIP parties

This open air, rooftop terrace offers panoramic views of Lake Union, Queen Anne, Gas Works Park, and Capitol Hill.

Capacity: Up to 75 for standing/reception

Availability: Seasonal availability from May–September; 7 am–midnight

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Museum Buyout

Gala fundraisers, auctions, receptions, holiday parties, media presentations

Reserve the entire museum for your next big event!

Capacity: Maximum 1100 for standing/reception

Availability: Evenings, 5 pm–midnight; not available the first Thursday of the month

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Sizes and Rates

Download information about renting spaces at MOHAI.

Vendors

MOHAI has a list of select caterers and other vendors to choose from when planning a private event. The museum does not allow self-catered, homemade, or potluck meals at functions.

Reserve a Space

MOHAI accepts event bookings on a first-come, first-served basis for dates up to 18 months in advance. To begin the process, please complete the inquiry form to check availability and provide specific event information. MOHAI’s Events Department will then be in touch about next steps to take in the reservation process.