Welcome to The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest, and most visited art museum.
With an encyclopedic collection of more than 20,000 objects, the Museum is a significant cultural resource presenting works of art from around the globe. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum is a special place where you can experience San Diego’s natural beauty, history, art, and culture.
Opening its doors in 1926, the Museum’s Spanish Colonial-style architecture took inspiration from the 1915 Panama-California international exposition. The Museum’s indoor galleries and outdoor sculpture court and garden offer unique settings for corporate events, private parties, weddings, seminars, and meetings.
Our Event Spaces
The San Diego Museum of Art’s Panama 66
Panama 66, the restaurant and bar in The San Diego Museum of Art’s May S. Marcy Sculpture Court, features lunch and dinner, extended bar service, and weekend brunch.
John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda
The spectacular John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda echoes the Spanish architecture of the façade with two stories of open space and a grand staircase.
Can I bring outside catering?
The Museum provides all clients with an approved caterers list. Clients must contract with a caterer selected from this list. Certain areas of the facility have food and beverage restrictions due to art on display.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
All bar service, including alcohol purchasing, must be done by our exclusive bar service, Craft in the Park
What time can event start? How late can my event go until?
- Rotunda: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday–Sunday: 6:00 p.m.–midnight | Anytime on Wednesday
- Sculpture Court & Garden: Monday–Sunday: 5:30 p.m.–midnight | All requests that require Panama 66 to close for business must go through an internal review for approval and only a limited number are available per year.
- Auditorium: Monday–Sunday: 7:00 a.m.–midnight (Some restrictions and exceptions apply.)
All events must end by midnight or additional fees may apply. Other rules and restrictions related to setup and breakdown vary by space. During summer season, a sound ordinance applies and dates vary year to year.
Balboa Park offers several free parking lots within walking distance, as well as designated drop-off zones for both passenger loading and shuttle services.
Is open flame in the event spaces permitted?
Sterno and candles with open flames are not allowed in the Rotunda, Auditorium and galleries. Sterno and contained candles are allowed in the Sculpture Court and Sculpture Garden and with pre-approval and are subject to The Museum’s discretion in regards to safety.
Does fee include rentals?
The venue fee does not include rentals. The museum does have some rentals available.
Are there other fees in addition to the venue fee?
The opportunity to host an event at the San Diego Museum of Art is an exclusive benefit of museum membership. Those not currently members of SDMA are kindly asked to become a member at any level to obtain this event benefit. Dual Memberships begin at $85.