Entertaining

The Whitney Museum at night from above.

The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Ben Gancsos

In selecting the Whitney as a venue for special events, Corporate Members and donors help support the Museum's groundbreaking exhibitions, award-winning education and public programs, and community outreach initiatives.

We thank our Corporate Members and individual donors for their continued support.


Special Events at the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art is home to many of the most significant and exciting works of art ever created in the United States. Those works are now displayed in a breathtaking new space: a 220,000-square-foot building in New York City’s Meatpacking District, designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano.

Located on Gansevoort Street at Washington Street, the Whitney Museum is nestled in one of the most prominent shopping districts in the world, surrounded by beautifully preserved buildings in New York City’s Meatpacking District. A special event at the Whitney is one to be remembered.

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Corporate Members and individual donors choose the Whitney to host their most intimate and high profile events in New York City.

Corporate Members receive exclusive privileges to host Corporate Events in the Museum's rental spaces.

Corporate Entertaining

Annual leadership donors of $100,000 and up receive exclusive privileges to host Social Events in select Museum spaces.

Donor Entertaining


Event Spaces

KENNETH C. GRIFFIN HALL


The 6,200-square-foot Lobby of the Museum features floor-to-ceiling windows, and is a unique setting for large events and receptions.

Maximum capacity: 700 guests

  • Reception: 700 
  • Seated Dinner: 350 
  • Presentation: 450
  • Image of the Whitney's lobby.

    Kenneth C. Griffin Hall. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Pegasus Productions

  • Image of the Whitney's lobby.

    Kenneth C. Griffin Hall. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Matthew Carasella Photography

  • Image of the Whitney's lobby.

    Kenneth C. Griffin Hall. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Matthew Carasella Photography

  • Image of the Whitney's lobby.

    Kenneth C. Griffin Hall. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Jean-Pierre Uys Photography

  • Image of the Whitney's lobby.

    Kenneth C. Griffin Hall. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Jean-Pierre Uys Photography

  • Image of the Whitney's lobby.

    Kenneth C. Griffin Hall. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Matthew Carasella Photography


Susan and John Hess Family Theater and Gallery

The 4,874-square-foot theater complex situated on the Museum’s third floor can accommodate a variety of event formats including film and performance programs, large-scale seated dinners and private receptions.

Maximum capacity: 360 guests

  • Reception: 180
  • Seated Dinner: 180
  • Presentation: 180
  • Image of event in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater.

    Susan and John Hess Family Theater. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Samantha Nandez

  • Susan and John Hess Family Theater. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Arnold Brower

  • Susan and John Hess Family Theater. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Matthew Carasella Photography

  • Image of event in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater.

    Susan and John Hess Family Theater Gallery. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Matthew Carasella Photography

  • Image of event in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater.

    Susan and John Hess Family Theater Gallery. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Matthew Carasella Photography

  • Susan and John Hess Family Theater. Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Arnold Brower

  • Image of event in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater.

    Susan and John Hess Family Theater Gallery. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Arnold Brower

  • Susan and John Hess Family Theater Gallery. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Arnold Brower


Tom and Diane Tuft Trustee Room

The 1,215-square-foot Trustee Room's floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the Hudson and the High Line, providing a remarkable setting for intimate dinners, receptions, meetings, and presentations.

Maximum capacity: 90 guests

  • Reception: 90
  • Seated Dinner: 90
  • Presentation: 50
  • Trustee room event space.

    Tom and Diane Tuft Trustee Room. The Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Trustee room event space.

    Tom and Diane Tuft Trustee Room. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Matthew Carasella Photography

  • Tables set with flowers and chairs in a room

    Tom and Diane Tuft Trustee Room. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Matthew Carasella

  • Trustee room event space.

    Tom and Diane Tuft Trustee Room. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Nic Lehoux

  • Conference table set for a meeting

    Tom and Diane Tuft Trustee Room. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Nic Lehoux


Studio Cafe and Thomas H. Lee Family Terrace

The Museum’s eighth floor sky-lit Studio Cafe and Thomas H. Lee Family Terrace provide a spectacular setting for simultaneous indoor/outdoor dining and receptions.

Maximum capacity: 150 guests

  • Reception: 90
  • Seated Dinner: 90
  • Seasonal Outdoor Seating: 60
  • Studio Cafe. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Matthew Carasella

  • Studio Cafe. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Matthew Carasella

  • Studio Cafe set up for an event.

    Studio Cafe. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Matthew Carasella

  • Studio Cafe set up for an event.

    Studio Cafe. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Matthew Carasella

  • Studio Cafe and Thomas H. Lee Family Terrace. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Matthew Carasella Photography

  • Studio Cafe set up for an event.

    Studio Cafe. The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Matthew Carasella


Exclusive Catering

Food on a white plate.

Photograph by Peter Garritano

Exclusive catering at the Whitney Museum of American Art is provided by Union Square Events, the catering business from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.

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ENTERTAINING POLICIES

Entertaining Spaces Overview

Floor Plans

Preferred Vendors

SPECIAL EVENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The Whitney Museum of American Art reserves the right to decline involvement in any project or event and to approve all collateral for events hosted at the Museum. Please note that capacities and environments within the museum are subject to change.  To receive a full copy of Museum special event rules and regulations, please contact the Special Events office.

Please visit our Special Event Terms and Conditions page for more information.