Venue Rentals

Make your next special event a night to remember by hosting it at the Weisman Art Museum.

Overlooking the Mississippi River, our rental spaces feature stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline, as well as bold and innovative design that will wow your guests. Our unique blend of art, architecture, and exceptional service guarantees you and your guests a flawless event. WAM also features an attached parking ramp for easy access to your event from beginning to end.

The museum staff will help you create the experience you want and guide you through the planning process step by step. Enhance your event with gallery rentals or customize every detail with personalized decorations and audio/visual elements – our events staff is ready to help you build the event of your dreams. Read all you need to know about WAM’s Rental Guidelines here. 

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University of Minnesota Events

WAM offers discounted rental rates to University of Minnesota Events. A University event is defined as a UMN entity hosting a University-sponsored event that supports the mission of the institution. A member of the University department is our contact who coordinates the event details, signs the contract, and pays the invoice.

A femme stands in a white bridal gown, in the middle of an art gallery, holding a bouquet of red flowers. A masculine figure in a dark blue suit stands with his back to the camera. A Prince impersonator stands between them in a sparkling purple suit.
Perfectly arranged petit fours are placed on a pastel pink table in the Riverview Gallery.

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Available Spaces

The Dolly Fiterman Riverview Gallery

With its river views and breathtaking clerestory lighting, this gallery is an ideal spot for a large reception or dinner. It accommodates up to 160 for dinner and up to 250 for a reception.

The William G. Shepherd Room

This carpeted room holds 120 for lecture-style seating as a flat-floor auditorium. It may also be arranged with tables as a meeting space or opened up to become part of the adjacent Riverview Gallery for large dinners and receptions. The capacity of the combined spaces is up to 240 for a seated dinner and up to 350 for a reception.

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Rental Guidelines

Events may be held from 8:00 a.m. to midnight daily, except Wednesdays. WAM reserves the right to review event plans to ensure that they are compatible with our mission and the mission of the university. We welcome the use of our space for meetings, dinners, receptions, weddings, and other special events. Please note that the following types of rental events are not permitted at WAM: political activities; religious services; public fund-raisers and auctions; product promotions or other commercial events that are open to the public; art exhibits, screenings, and performances not approved or presented by WAM.

WAM reserves the right to hold dates for museum-sponsored educational programs and co-sponsored events.

Smoking is not permitted in the Weisman Art Museum, including WAM's outdoor areas. Food and beverages are not allowed outside of the rental spaces. Please note advanced approval is needed for music; photography; the use of votive candles. Renters must work with the events department to ensure the U of MN guidelines are followed. Signs and decorations are permitted, but may not be affixed to any interior or exterior surface of the museum.

Read all you need to know about WAM’s Rental Guidelines here.


The Weisman Art Museum does not offer on-site catering services. The following caterers were selected for their consistently high levels of quality and service and are approved for special event functions at the Weisman. Individuals and groups renting space at the Weisman must select a caterer from this approved list:

Obi Original and The Black Atlantics point directly at the camera while many visitors on a dance floor look into the camera also.
Obi Original and The Black Atlantics dancing in the Shepherd Room
a couple kissing on top of WAM at night with skyline in background
Visitors take photos in a photobooth wearing quirky props.