Make a lasting impression on your guests. For a distinctive, stunning venue with incomparable drama and prestige, choose the Akron Art Museum for your next special occasion.
Please email Events@AkronArtMuseum.org for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Located in the heart of downtown Akron, the museum offers a unique setting for weddings, receptions, cocktail parties, seated dinners, corporate meetings, client cultivation and entertainment, media presentations, holiday gatherings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties, birthday and anniversary celebrations and more.
Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby
Seated dining, 250 – 300
Standing/Cocktail reception, up to 600
Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium
Stadium seating for 159 plus wheelchair- accessible space.
Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust Conference Room
Seated, up to 16 at tables with approximately 15 additional spectator seats around perimeter
Rentals for the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium and the Northern Ohio Golf Charities Terrace include a complimentary Individual Membership to the Akron Art Museum. Upgraded memberships are available for purchase. Meeting Room Rentals require membership purchase.
Call or email Special Events Manager Sheri Stallsmith to inquire about availability. The museum is not available on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Wedding ceremonies and/or receptions during the weekends of Labor Day and Memorial Day are subject to an additional cost.
The Akron Art Museum owns a liquor license. Therefore, all alcoholic beverages must be purchased through the museum. Special orders can be accommodated for a fee.
The information on this page is not definitive regarding special events at the Akron Art Museum. Please contact Special Events Manager Sheri Stallsmith for the most accurate and up to date information.
*Because of our nonprofit status, we are unable to accommodate requests for rentals for political fundraisers or religious ceremonies, the exception being weddings and their accompanying receptions and private events following religious ceremonies held elsewhere (i.e. Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties). The museum also allows fundraising events by other nonprofits, although the nonprofit discount may not apply for some functions. Because the protection of its contents is the highest priority, all events must be appropriate to the mission; therefore, the museum reserves the right to deny use for any request.
The museum must approve all vendors and reserves the right to deny a vendor permission. Only the Approved Caterers listed below are permitted to cater events at the museum.
Special Events Manager
Phone: 330.376.9186 x212
By availability on
You MUST schedule your visit in advance.