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.
Socially Distanced Wedding Ceremonies
The May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden is open and available for private, socially distanced wedding ceremonies. The San Diego Museum of Art is proud to be partnering with PEP Creative to bring beautiful, safe, and stress-free outdoor wedding ceremonies.
Our Event Spaces
Thank you for considering The San Diego Museum of Art for your special event. Due to new COVID-19 guidelines, our normal booking process for events inside the Museum is temporarily on hiatus for 2020. We are currently only booking outdoor, socially distanced weddings and religious ceremonies.
If you would like to book an outdoor ceremony or a date in 2021, please click below for more information about our spaces or contact email@example.com.
Click below to learn more about The San Diego Museum of Art’s event spaces.
Can I bring outside catering?
The Museum provides all clients with an approved caterers list. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the current list of approved caterers. Certain areas of the facility have food and beverage restrictions due to art on display.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
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 the Museum are kindly asked to become a member at any level to obtain this event benefit. Dual Memberships begin at $85.