The mission of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is to inspire curiosity, discovery, and learning about nature and culture through outstanding research, collections, exhibitions, and education. The Museum relies on the support of generous donors to accomplish this mission.
Companies and organizations that support the Museum through an unrestricted contribution are invited to celebrate their gift with an after-hours special event. The Museum’s grand Beaux-Arts style architecture, combined with exhibits of the world’s largest and finest natural history collections, provides an extraordinary setting for dinners and receptions. Donors may entertain guests under the North Atlantic Right Whale in the Ocean Hall, host a dinner around the legendary Hope Diamond, or invite guests to network among the Museum’s exciting displays of dinosaurs, mammals, and world cultures.
Special events of a personal nature (weddings, birthdays, bar mitzvahs), fund-raising events for non-Smithsonian organizations or groups, and events of a partisan, political or religious nature are not permitted. Events or organizations that promote or advocate positions inconsistent with the Museum’s mission are not permitted. In addition, admission fees, cash bars, ticket sales, raffles and the promotion or display of commercial products is prohibited.
Upon request, the Museum will provide a list of vendors whose insurance certificates are currently on file and who are familiar with the Museum procedures and guidelines. The National Museum of Natural History has final approval in the selection of all vendors.
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