The MFAH campus offers a variety of unique and elegant spaces for private events. Venues include the art galleries, sculpture garden, two house museums, and two auditoriums.
Availability depends on the museum's schedules of public hours and programming. Political, commercial, fundraising, and religious events (including wedding ceremonies) are not permitted.
Entertainment privileges are open to individual (Leadership Circle) and corporate/nonprofit (Corporate Partner) members at the Gallery Level or above.
Maximum Capacity: Reception – 250
The North Foyer is generally used as the entry area for events in Cullinan Hall and the Brown Pavilion Galleries. It houses the MFAH’s permanent collection of art from Oceania, and is well suited as a registration and cocktail reception area.
Maximum Capacity: Reception – 750, Seated Dinner – 400, Seated Dinner with Dance Floor – 350
Cullinan Hall, with its 30 foot ceiling and 6,800 square feet of open floor space, is the museum’s largest and most flexible space for entertaining. Generally on view in Cullinan Hall are selections from the museum’s permanent collection of Modern and Contemporary art, with special temporary exhibitions occasionally installed in this large gallery.
Brown Pavilion Galleries
Maximum Capacity*: Reception – 300, Seated Dinner – 150, Seated Dinner with Dance Floor – 100
*Capacities subject to change depending on specific exhibition wall placement designs.
The Brown Pavilion Galleries, which opened in 1974, complete the Mies van der Rohe design as a showcase for the MFAH’s permanent collection of Modern and Contemporary art and special traveling exhibitions. The gently curved galleries are well suited for cocktail receptions and moderate-sized dinners.
Blaffer and Sterling Galleries
Maximum Capacity: Reception – 100, Seated Dinner – 50
These two galleries, renovated in 1998, handsomely display the museum’s sub-Saharan African art and the exquisite Glassell Collection of African Gold.