The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the premiere venues for receptions and special events in the Greater Cincinnati area. The classic elegance of the Cincinnati Art Museum is a most memorable location for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, luncheons, parties, meetings, retreats, and corporate events. Our team of Executive Chefs can help you create a perfect culinary experience and our sophisticated service staff will execute service with precision.
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The Cincinnati Art Museum is exclusively catered by our team of Executive Chefs who will work with you to create a custom menu with elegant and sumptuous fare.
Please contact our Special Events Coordinator at (513) 639.2347.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is pleased to permit groups and organizations use of the Art Museum’s facilities for Special Events. The following Guidelines, Policies, and Procedures govern use of the Art Museum for Special Events. All Special Events must be in conformance with established Art Museum requirements and must not interrupt the Art Museum’s operations.
A tentative available date for your event does not confirm your reservation. Tentative reservations will be held for 7 days and then be released, unless a rental agreement is pending. A Facility Rental Agreement will be sent when a tentative reservation has been confirmed. A reservation will only be considered confirmed when the Art Museum receives: a non-refundable deposit of $1000.00 or 50% of the total rental fee, a signed Facility Rental Agreement and a signed copy of the Art Museum Guidelines, Policies, and Procedures for Special Events. The deposit must be received within 30 days of receiving the Facility Rental Agreement. All rental fees must be paid in full no later than 7 days prior to the event date.
All checks should be made payable to the Cincinnati Art Museum and sent to the Finance Office, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1596.
Reservations by Event Planners
If the first contact for an event at the Art Museum is made by a party planner or locations agent, no agreement on use of the Museum shall be made until a representative of the actual client has met with a representative of the Art Museum Special Events office.
Right of Termination
In the event that the Art Museum determines, at any time, that any violation of the Art Museum’s policies or applicable laws, ordinances, or regulations including unruly conduct is likely to occur with the use of its premises and/or equipment during the event, the Museum reserves the right to cancel the function at any time including, but not limited to, the time when the event is in progress. In such an event, the Museum shall retain all sums that have been paid. Any such determination shall be pursuant to the Museum’s designated representative’s sole discretion and shall be binding and final. The Museum shall not be liable to the client or the event planner for any of the charges generated by, or any deposits made to, any vendor or other provider of services for the event.
If the client requests a cancellation more than ninety-days (90) prior to the event, the client will be refunded all moneys paid to the Art Museum EXCEPT the $1000 non-refundable deposit. If the client requests a cancellation within sixty-days (60) of the event date, no fees paid to the Art Museum will be refunded.
The Art Museum reserves the right to cancel an event if the facilities are, in the sole judgment of an authorized Museum official, rendered unsuitable for the event due to fire or other calamity, labor dispute, notice of violations by any city, county, or other government agency, or any other occurrences beyond the control of the Museum. In the event of such cancellation, the client will not be liable for payment of fees for canceled programs, nor will the Cincinnati Art Museum have any further liability or obligations with regard to said canceled events. Should such action be deemed necessary, Cincinnati Art Museum guarantees that it will provide suitable time(s) for rescheduling.
The following events may not be held at the Cincinnati Art Museum: political events, product sales or trade shows, fundraisers for other organizations, alcohol only events, art displays not approved by the Registration Department, and functions on the following dates: January 1, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and December 24, 25 or 31.
Space & Hours Available
Various areas are available for rental in the Art Museum. The Museum is closed to the public on Monday but is available for rental. Rental includes the area specified on the rental agreement, parking (when the Art Museum is closed to the public), tables, chairs, and security personnel. Rental price does not include food and beverage, catering staff, linens, china, décor and rentals from any outside vendor. Any event extending beyond the designated time will result in an extra rental fee of $500/half hour. Capacity maximums include all event staff. Smoking The Art Museum is a smoke-free facility. There are several smoking areas available outside the Art Museum.
The Art Museum is handicapped accessible. Wheelchair accessibility is available via the DeWitt Entrance. All galleries are physically accessible. Handicapped accessible restrooms are available by the DeWitt Entrance and off the Great Hall. Elevators and water fountains are accessible. Wheelchairs are available for use at no charge and may be secured at both the Main and DeWitt Entrances. Service dogs are the only animals permitted in the museum.
The Art Museum cannot ensure that adequate parking is available during hours that we are open to the public. The Art Museum parking facilities accommodate approximately 298 automobiles, including staff and handicapped spaces. Valet parking, shuttle service, or off-site parking may be necessary based on the size of the client’s event and other events occurring simultaneously at the Art Museum. The Special Events office can make suggestions to contact additional parking services (valet, shuttle, etc.). Additional parking services will be at the client’s expense.
Security is required for all uses of the facility and will be provided by the Art Museum security service. Security fees are included in the rental cost of the Art Museum. If additional security staff, other than Art Museum security, is required by the client to be on Art Museum grounds in conjunction with an event, this must be approved by the Director of Facilities Services at least 15 days prior to the event to finalize procedures. The Art Museum remains responsible for overall security on Art Museum premises. The Cincinnati Art Museum Director of Facilities Services and Security staff will determine the number of security guards for each event on a case-by-case basis.
Extension cords can only be used within the Museum if a portable GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) is used. A small number of GFCI’s are available for use and should be reserved in advance. GFCI’s are property of the Cincinnati Art Museum and if removed from the premises, the client will be charged for replacement of GFCI’s. Please discuss additional electrical needs with the Special Events Office.
See list of approved food & beverage areas in the Space Available chart under the Museum Facility section. Cincinnati Art Museum Catering must provide all food service. The catering cost is not included in the rental price and requires a separate payment. China and linens can be rented through Cincinnati Art Museum Catering and will be included in the Banquet Order. The Cincinnati Art Museum is not responsible for materials brought in by an outside vendor including damage, loss or inventory. It is solely the clients responsibility for any replacement, loss, etc. any outside vendors goods.
Final guest counts must be given to the Catering Manager 7 DAYS PRIOR to the event. The Banquet Order must be signed at this time. The caterer cannot guarantee sufficient food count if guest counts change after the 7 DAYS PRIOR policy.
All checks should be made payable to Cincinnati Art Museum and sent to: Cincinnati Art Museum, Attn: Finance, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202-1596.
Alcohol Beverage Service
The State of Ohio liquor license held by the Art Museum requires that all alcoholic beverages consumed at the Art Museum be purchased through the Art Museum and served by our designated servers. THERE IS NO EXCEPTION TO THIS POLICY. Alcohol may NOT be brought in to or removed from the Art Museum by a client or their guests at any time. Bars must close 30 minutes prior to the event end time. The Cincinnati Art Museum, or their designated servers, reserves the right to refuse alcohol service to anyone at any time. Identification may be requested from anyone requesting alcoholic beverages. Refusal to produce requested identification will result in no alcoholic beverage service for that individual.
To protect the integrity of the Art Museum collections and the safety of Art Museum visitors and guests, the Director of Hospitality must approve all decorations no less than 48 hours prior to event set-up. Placement and attachment of decorations must be coordinated with the Art Museum’s Special Events office and approved by the Director of Hospitality. Decorations for events may be delivered the day before the event and must be picked up the next business day following the event. The Art Museum is not responsible for any items left following an event. For any clean up beyond normal wear and tear, or damages, the client will be charged repair fees starting at $$250.00.
The Cincinnati Art Museum works with preferred vendors who are knowledgeable about Museum policies and procedures. A list of vendors is available through the Special Events office. All vendors must sign the Art Museum policies and procedures document, provided by the Special Events Office, prior to the event. Any equipment provided by an outside vendor is the sole responsibility of the client. The Art Museum and Cincinnati Art Museum Catering will NOT be responsible for the cleaning, breakage or replacement of items rented by the client. All equipment provided by an outside vendor must be picked up the following day.
The Art Museum Special Events office must have all equipment needs, vendor forms signed, and delivery confirmation ten (10) days prior to the event. All vendors must enter and exit through a specified doorway and be escorted by the Special Events office or museum security personnel at all times. Entertainment, including equipment set-up, is not permitted to take place in any gallery space unless approved by the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Director of Facilities Services. Music must not exceed a decibel level of 110dB.
Deliveries must be scheduled through the Special Events office. All deliveries and pick-ups are processed through the Art Museum Shipping Room (dock area on the east side of the building) and should occur during business hours (T-F 9:00am – 5:00pm). Decorations for your event may be delivered the day before your event with prior approval. Your items must be picked up the next business day following your event. The Art Museum is not responsible for loss or damage to property left on-site.
Photography Policy for Special Events
Photography and videotaping are permitted in the Art Museum. Professional photographers hired to photograph or videotape a special event may use auxiliary equipment such as tripods, lights, etc. in specific areas of the first floor only. Cameras may be used in very specific areas of the second floor; however, lighting umbrellas and tripods are not permitted on the second floor. Auxiliary equipment must be used in such a way that it cannot cause damage to any item in the Art Museum collections or potentially harm Art Museum visitors or guests. If equipment, in the opinion of any Art Museum employee, appears to be in a position to potentially cause harm to any item in the Art Museum collections or Art Museum visitors or guests, such equipment must be moved at the Cincinnati Art Museum employee’s request. Failure to comply with the Art Museum employee’s request will result in all photography equipment, other than hand-held cameras, to be removed from the building immediately. Any photographer in the Galleries must be escorted and overseen by a member of the Art Museum staff at all times. For more information please see the Museum’s Photography in Galleries Policy.
Invitations and Other Printed Material
If the client refers to the Art Museum or its collections in any printed materials, the contents of all printed materials related to an event, including invitation copy, programs, promotional material, and press releases must be submitted to the Art Museum Special Events Office prior to printing for review and approval. Any image of the museum must be approved by the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Museum logo should not be used. The Art Museum Presentation Department (513) 639.2951 will provide the final approval of all printed material. Please allow sufficient time for these approvals; a minimum of fourteen (14) days prior to the printing deadline is required. Some printed material may require the following disclaimer:
“The views and opinions of this organization do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Cincinnati Art Museum.”
Advertising and Media
Any and all local, national, or international advertising, news releases, media coverage, photo shoots or other publicity referring to the Art Museum, its collections, or any event occurring at the Art Museum must be coordinated with the Presentation Department. This includes holding press conferences or inviting the media to cover an event. The Art Museum’s Presentation Department can be reached at (513) 639.2951.
Included in the rental fee of event space inside the Art Museum is the use of standard tables and chairs owned by the Art Museum. Chavari chairs and Tents are not included in the standard set up. Please contact the Special Events Department for pricing information.
The use of external furniture is not recommended. However, if it is absolutely required for your event, the Director of Hospitality must be notified 30 days in advance and must approve of the furniture. If approved, then an appointment must be scheduled for the furniture to be delivered to the museum during normal business hours (T-F 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) for inspection by Conservation staff. If inspected items show signs of insect or pest activity they will not be allowed into the building. The fee for inspection is $100.00.
Should you choose to rent accessories to be installed by the Art Museum staff, an installation fee will be charged based on event size.
Tuning the piano will be at the client’s expense.
The Fath Auditorium, Mary R. Schiff Library and the Great Hall require that MAC productions be used to operate all AV equipment and expenses will be added to the final contract and must be paid in full 7 days before the date of the event.
The Art Museum Special Events Department can assist event organizers in all aspects of the event as well as providing recommendations on vendors that have supplied products for previous Art Museum events.
Gallery Use/Special Exhibits
Gallery viewing is encouraged as part of the enhancement and entertainment for each event, and may be one of the primary reasons the Art Museum was selected for this event. However, there are additional fees to cover security costs to keep galleries open during non-regular Museum hours. Please check with the Special Events Department regarding any additional costs.
All comments or questions regarding the guidelines, policies, and procedures should be referred to the Art Museum Special Events Office at (513) 639.2347.