Through our complicated history, through light and shadow, we have persevered – humanity intact.
Art is the reason.


The art of entertaining

Located along Museum Mile in the heart of the Historic District, Charleston’s premier art museum offers a setting rich with history and charm for unforgettable events. Meticulously restored to its original grandeur, the Gibbes’ Beaux Arts building boasts impressive architectural details and unique spaces with soaring ceilings.

For weddings, corporate parties, and social events

Whether you exchange wedding vows under the opulent Tiffany-style art glass dome in the rotunda gallery, host a corporate soiree in the classical garden, or plan an exclusive viewing of a special exhibition, you’ll give guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of Charleston’s most beautiful spaces.

Event Spaces & Floorplans

Event Space Square Feet Max Capacity
Classrooms and Studios: 480 each 25 per classroom/studio
Reception and Lecture Halls:
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2,925 225
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1,345 125 lecture-style seating
150 cocktail
60 table seating
Rotunda and Adjacent Galleries: 2,345 230
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8,448 350 seated
500 cocktail

event rates

All pricing* is based on a four-hour event, not including set-up and breakdown. After four hours, the cost is $500 for each additional event hour.

We offer special non-profit rates for all venues except the Lecture Hall and Classroom spaces. For details, please contact us.

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Gibbes Museum of Art During Museum Hours After Hours Monday-Thursday After Hours Friday & Sunday After Hours Saturday
Entire Museum & Garden N/A $6,500 $7,000 $8,000
Rotunda, Reception and Lecture Halls & Garden N/A $5,500 $6,000 $7,000
Reception and Lecture Halls & Garden Mon-Thurs ($3,500), Fri & Sun ($4,000), Sat ($4,500) $5,000 $5,500 $6,500
Rotunda & Reception and Lecture Halls N/A $4,000 $4,500 $5,500
Reception and Lecture Halls Mon-Thurs ($1,500), Fri & Sun ($2,000), Sat ($2,500) $3,000 $3,500 $4,500
Lecture Hall (Includes use of our AV) $250 hourly
Classrooms $150 hourly
*Pricing is subject to change.

Great events start here

For more information, please reference our private event brochure or contact our Special Events Manager at

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