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Event Space Options

Tacoma Art Museum’s versatile layout lends itself to a wide array of events, from formal to casual and personal to business. TAM provides an elegant setting for civic group meetings, small or large business meetings, memorable holiday parties, lively high school proms, beautiful wedding ceremonies and receptions, musical performances, and so much more. TAM’s flexible spaces allow you to transform the museum to suit your needs.


Entire Museum Public Spaces

Get the benefits of the full museum facility! This option includes the Marie Helmer Lobby, Murray Family Event Space, Leslie P. Sussman Atrium, Esther and Gene Grant/Ben G. Cheney Foundation Art Classroom, and M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Art Classroom.  For even greater capacity, add any of the optional North galleries and/or the Haub Family Galleries. The full museum is an ideal choice for galas or fundraising spectaculars that wish to incorporate multiple seating options and VIP sections.

Approximate Capacity

  • Square feet: 11,250
  • Reception: 500
  • Banquet (rounds of 10): 250
  • Theatre Style: 350
  • Classroom: 300

The Marie A. Helmer Lobby

The Marie A. Helmer Lobby is a contemporary showcase of clean lines and soaring ceilings open to the atrium above. Smooth grey concrete floors contrast beautifully with white and deep bronze walls and warm maple wood, and floor-to-ceiling windows view out over Mt. Rainier and the Tacoma cityscape. This stunning space incorporates glass cases with sculpture and studio art glass. It is a splendid fit for an elegant corporate holiday party or exquisite dinner occasion, and is often paired with the Leslie P. Sussman Atrium for a polished wedding dinner reception.

Approximate Capacity

  • Square feet: 5,300
  • Reception: 190
  • Banquet (rounds of 10): 150
  • Theatre Style: 190
  • Classroom: 140

The Murray Family Event Space

A spacious, open, rectangular layout with access to a built-in sound and projection system makes this large private room a favorite spot for corporate gatherings, civic group meetings, musical performances, lectures, and medium-sized sit-down meals. It works equally well for dances and events with a club-like setting. This room can be opened to the Marie A. Helmer Lobby, and the two spaces are often combined for fundraiser auctions. The Murray Family Event Space offers smooth concrete floors, white and grey walls, and high ceilings that create an airy feel and present a blank canvas with which to create a magical atmosphere.

Also available during the museum’s open hours, Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.

Approximate Capacity

  • Square feet: 1,800
  • Reception: 120
  • Banquet (rounds of 10): 100
  • Theatre Style: 120
  • Classroom: 100

The Leslie P. Sussman Atrium

The light-filled atrium and outdoor terrace comprise the perfect setting for a networking cocktail hour or a wedding ceremony, offering sweeping views of downtown Tacoma and Mt. Rainier. Lined with windows, this space is superb during the rainy season, when a little more light can make an occasion even grander.

Approximate Capacity

  • Square feet: 1,500
  • Reception: 80
  • Banquet (rounds of 10): 70
  • Theatre Style: 100
  • Classroom: 50

The Esther and Gene Grant,  Ben G. Cheney Foundation Classroom

Located adjacent to the Leslie P. Sussman Atrium, the Ben G. Cheney Classroom has a special view of downtown Tacoma’s thriving Pacific Avenue. As a working art classroom space with available AV, it is an excellent choice for an all-day board retreat, or add pipe and drape for an intimate luncheon.

Also available during the museum’s open hours, Tuesday – Sunday 10 am -5 pm.

Approximate Capacity

  • Square feet: 1,350
  • Reception: 65
  • Banquet (rounds of 10): 70
  • Theatre Style: 70
  • Classroom: 50