Reimagined Gibbes Museum Features Premier Wedding, Meeting Facilities
For Immediate Release: 111-year-old art museum caters to private, corporate events and more starting in June.
CHARLESTON, S.C., March 30, 2016 – Located along Museum Mile in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes Museum of Art will reopen on May 28, 2016 after a nearly two-year $13.5 million renovation. Meticulously restored to the its original grandeur, the Beaux Arts building boasts impressive architectural detailing and ample rooms with soaring ceilings for weddings, meetings and corporate events. Lauded for southern hospitality and charm, the museum is adjacent to the city’s most beautiful historic sites and best restaurants, hotels and shops, making it ideal for private events.
“The Gibbes is the epicenter of Charleston culture,” says Tim Woodland, owner of Sperry Tents Southeast, the exclusive tent provider for the museum’s private events. “With its central location, the Gibbes is one of the few downtown venues that offers a uniquely Charleston experience.”
With availability starting June 1, the Gibbes offers a world-class event experience situated among nearly 10,000 works of early American art. Preferred catering and bar providers will have access to a state-of-the-art catering prep kitchen and the museum’s lecture halls are fully equipped with the most up-to-date technology and equipment.
“The museum is the perfect event venue for both visitors and locals,” said Jena Clem, special events manager at the Gibbes. “We’ve carefully selected the best food and beverage partners in the Lowcountry to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our guests.”
The second floor of the Gibbes and the Lenhardt Garden provide exquisite settings for a romantic wedding ceremony. Guests will ascend the 1905 double staircase into the grand arcade complete with the original porcelain tile floor. Surrounded by Neoclassical sculpture and American art, The Campbell Rotunda Gallery is marked with its Tiffany-style art glass dome and splendid natural Georgia oak molding, and is truly the jewel of the Gibbes. The garden is a classical European-style garden with contemporary touches. The stunning allée, created by live oaks with lush plantings, surrounds the garden and provides an intimate space for an unforgettable evening.
Wedding venue specifications include:
The Campbell Rotunda Gallery: 1,345 square feet; capacity 125 (lecture style seating), 150 (cocktail-style reception), 60 (seated event)
Rotunda PLUS Adjacent Galleries: 2,345 square feet; capacity 230
Lenhardt Garden: 8,448 square feet; capacity 350 (seated event), 500 (cocktail-style reception)
The first floor of the museum features four meeting spaces and lecture and reception halls for groups of various sizes. The lecture hall is equipped with A/V capabilities and Wi-Fi, and meeting attendees are invited to visit the surrounding galleries. The Fellows Members Reception Hall and the Almeida Lecture Hall features 11-foot coffered ceilings, exposed brick walls, rose marble floors and a glass wall connecting it to the garden.
Corporate event specifications include:
Classrooms and Studios (4): 480 square feet ea.; capacity 25 (per room)
The Fellows Member Reception Hall and the Almeida Lecture Hall: 2,925 square feet; capacity 225
About the Gibbes Museum of Art
Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and reopens on May 28 and is available for event rental starting in June. The renovated museum will showcase an extensive collection and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and to stroll through a world-class garden. For more information, visit www.gibbesmuseum.org/about.
Lou Hammond & Associates
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