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Entertaining at NOMA

Make your event a masterpiece. Let NOMA be your canvas.

NOMA provides an opulent setting to host private events, meetings, film screenings, corporate entertaining, lectures, seated dinners, receptions, weddings, and more. Interior and exterior spaces can accommodate up to 1,200 guests.

Event Venues for Meetings, Corporate, and Social Entertaining

Woldenberg Board Room
Located on the second floor with expansive park views, the room showcases 4 impressive inlaid wood tables that seat 12 guests per table. For a social setting, the room is large enough with 1,200 square feet to accommodate standing room for 70 guests.

Stern Auditorium
Complete with 220 theater-style seats and a stage, the first floor auditorium is the perfect venue to host film screenings, lectures, seminars, conferences, and performances.

Freeport-McMoRan Great Hall
Crafted over a century ago, the Great Hall is admired for its exquisite architectural detail in the sculptural Beaux-Arts style. Guests will be greeted by a dramatic grand staircase, hand-laid marble floors, soaring white columns, and a balcony with panoramic views. Intriguing exhibitions change frequently, so there is always something new to view. At 3,200 square feet, the Great Hall is the ideal place for music and mingling. The Great Hall is available when you rent the entire museum interior.

McDermott Lobby
The first floor elevator lobby holds an additional 2,940 square feet of space adjoining the Great Hall. Accessible from either side of the grand staircase, the length of the lobby is ideal for food and beverage stations. The McDermott Lobby is available when you rent the entire museum interior.

Gallery Spaces
The Great Hall is surrounded by five galleries that hold the museum’s Old Master paintings of Italian, Dutch, and Flemish art. Your guests will marvel at the opportunity to dine amidst these sophisticated masterpieces, dating as far back as the 14th century. The galleries range between 400 and 900 square feet and can seat a total of 200. All five galleries are available when you rent the entire museum interior.

Freeman Courtyard and Booth-Bricker Courtyard
Each courtyard is 1,900 square feet and can accommodate up to 75 guests each. Situated on either end of the McDermott Lobby, both courtyards are handicap accessible and are available as add-on venues when you rent the entire museum interior.

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Situated on five acres adjacent to the museum, the sculpture garden is home to over sixty-two sculptures by twentieth and twenty-first century artists. Meandering lagoons, bridges, Spanish moss-laden ancient oaks, and mature pines are just a few of the distinguishing features that make this a favorite venue for cocktails before transitioning into the museum. The sculpture garden can be added-on to your rental of the entire museum interior.


Stern Auditorium (1st floor)

Email events@noma.org or call (504) 658-4139

Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions

Enchant your guests with a magical ceremony underneath a canopy of Spanish moss followed by cocktails under the pines in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Then, turn up the fun by second-lining into the museum for the reception!

NOMA offers exclusive use of the museum for weddings, including the following venues:

Freeport-McMoRan Great Hall
Crafted over a century ago, the Great Hall is admired for its exquisite architectural detail in the sculptural Beaux-Arts style. Guests will be greeted by a dramatic grand staircase, hand-laid marble floors, soaring white columns, and a balcony with panoramic views. Intriguing exhibitions change frequently, so there is always something new to view. At 3,200 square feet, the Great Hall is the ideal place for music and mingling. The Great Hall is available when you rent the entire museum interior.

McDermott Lobby
The first floor elevator lobby holds 2,940 square feet of space adjoining the Great Hall. Accessible from either side of the grand staircase, the length of the lobby is ideal for food and beverage stations. The McDermott Lobby is available when you rent the entire museum interior.

Gallery Spaces
The Great Hall is surrounded by five galleries that hold the museum’s Old Master paintings of Italian, Dutch, and Flemish art. Your guests will marvel at the opportunity to dine amidst these sophisticated masterpieces, dating as far back as the 14th century. The galleries range between 400 and 900 square feet and can seat a total of 200 guests. All five galleries are available when you rent the entire museum interior.

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Situated on five acres adjacent to the museum, the sculpture garden is home to over sixty-two sculptures by renown twentieth and twenty-first century artists. Meandering lagoons, bridges, Spanish moss-laden ancient oaks, and mature pines are just a few of the distinguishing features that make this a favorite spot for wedding ceremonies and cocktails before transitioning into the museum for the reception. The sculpture garden can be added-on to your rental of the entire museum interior, or it can be rented as an independent venue for one hour.

Freeman Courtyard and Booth-Bricker Courtyard
Each courtyard is 1,900 square feet and can accommodate up to 75 guests each. Situated on either end of the McDermott Lobby, both courtyards are handicap accessible and are available as add-on venues when you rent the entire museum interior.

Email events@noma.org or call (504) 658-4139

Venue Options & Amenities

All venues include free parking, security detail, handicap access, a facility manager for the duration of the event, and three hours set-up time. NOMA does not provide food, beverages, tables, chairs, or other equipment. A suggested list of preferred vendors is available; however outside vendors are allowed with prior approval. Fridays and major holidays are not available for rental events.

Pricing is available upon request.

Entire Museum Interior
• Available Monday – Thursday, 7p.m. to 11:30p.m.
• Available Saturday and Sunday, 6p.m. to 11:30p.m.
• 3 hour minimum use of the museum’s interior with approved spaces for set-up
• Indoor venues available for set-up include the Freeport-McMoRan Great Hall, the McDermott Lobby, and five first floor galleries
• The entire museum stays open for guests to view the collection
• Capacity: 1,200 guests
• Over 100,000 square feet

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
• Located adjacent to the museum
• Available for an additional hour when you rent the museum
• Available without the use of the museum for a wedding ceremony (rain plan not provided)
• Tenting is prohibited
• Over 5 acres of landscaped garden

Woldenberg Board Room
• Available for full-day, half-day, and evening rentals
• Located on the second floor with expansive park views
• 4 inlaid wood tables seat 12 guests per table
• Seated: 48 guests
• Standing: 70 guests
• 1,200 square feet

Stern Auditorium
• Available for full-day, half-day, and evening rentals
• Located on the first floor
• Theater-style seats, stage, large screen, projector, podium, microphone, PC computer, and a Blu Ray DVD player
• Seated: 220 guests
• Over 2,000 square feet

Freeport-McMoRan Great Hall
• Available Monday – Thursday, 7p.m. to 11:30p.m.
• 3 hour minimum use of the Great Hall
• Capacity: 200 guests
• 3,365 square feet

Email events@noma.org or call (504) 658-4139

Portico Photo Session Fee – $50

Sculpture Garden Photo Session Fee – $50

Portico and Sculpture Garden Photography Permit

A $50 fee is required to take professional photos on NOMA’s portico or in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Purchase a permit online and in the “note to seller” field, write in the requested date and time of the photography session. Print out your receipt and bring it with you. Please call 504-658-4139 for help or more information.

Please note:

  • The Besthoff Sculpture Garden is open 7 days a week, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last visitor admitted 30 minutes prior to closing)
  • If inclement weather occurs, a rain date can be re-scheduled
  • This permit does not extend to City Park; you must obtain a separate permit for City Park grounds by contacting (504) 483-9415
  • Please check the NOMA calendar of events before scheduling your photo permit
  • Photo permits may not be used after 3 p.m. on Fridays or Saturdays

NOMA and garden guidelines apply, including but not limited to:

  • NOMA property may not be altered
  • Do not touch the sculptures
  • No props, animals, food, confetti, flower petals, or balloons
  • Do not block walkways or entrances. Priority is given to museum and sculpture garden visitors.
  • If guidelines are not met, you will be asked to leave. In such a case, the permit is non-refundable.