Note to our clients: We no longer have Saturdays available in 2016; however, Fridays and Sundays are still available in most months throughout the year. We are also taking reservations in 2017. Please contact the Special Events Coordinator for our current availability.
The Carnegie Institution for Science is a beautiful historic landmark nestled between Dupont Circle and Logan Circle in the heart of Washington, D.C. Its neoclassical Sixteenth Street façade lends to the grandeur of one of the most prominent thoroughfares in the city.
Completed in 1908 as the administrative building for Andrew Carnegie’s institution for discovery, the facility still houses staff dedicated to furthering the philanthropist’s mission. In addition to the headquarters building, the Institution maintains six research departments located across the country responsible for countless contributions to various scientific fields.
For decades, the Institution has been sharing its research through public lecture series held in our beautiful auditorium. Added to the building in 1938, the auditorium seats 386 guests and maintains its original deco design and colorful mural spanning the entire room. The space is popular for lectures, film screenings, award ceremonies, and graduations.
Over the years, Carnegie Institution has flourished as a popular special events venue for corporate, non-profit and wedding clients. Our Ballroom is perfect for a seated dinner, accommodating up to 150 guests or a standing cocktail reception for up to 200 guests. The Rotunda, with its Roman-style Corinthian columns and sophisticated system of skylights, is a classic space for a cocktail reception for 125 guests or a wedding ceremony for 150. This is also the ideal space for a band or DJ and an evening of dancing.
Located off the Rotunda, the Boardroom is well-suited for small meetings or cocktail hours. Dark wood paneling and an oversized marble fireplace add to the grandeur of the room. Maximum capacity in the Boardroom is 75 guests for a standing cocktail hour or 50 guests for a seated dinner.