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Asian Art Museum

San Francisco Wedding Venue
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, California 94102

Contact: Facility Rentals Department
Phone: 415/581-3777
www.asianart.org/facilityrentals.htm…
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Why We Like This Place

The historic and regal building that houses San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum is as captivating as the art inside. A massive stone Beaux-Arts structure—which was built in 1917 and functioned as the city’s main library for decades—stands four stories high with columns, stairs, and inscriptions completing its stately façade. Gleaming marble surfaces, beautifully carved stone arches, and antique light fixtures greet visitors in the lobby and grace the sophisticated special event spaces beyond.

The stunning transformation from book repository to museum was masterminded by Italian architect Gae Aulenti, who is perhaps best known for taking a defunct train station in Paris and turning it into the award-winning Musée D’Orsay.

Through the central archway leading off the lobby, guests encounter the opulent Grand Staircase and Loggia, which still retain an early 1900s elegance. Three flights of gently ascending travertine marble steps lead up to the Loggia, an airy arcade that overlooks the staircase and has a decorative barrel-vaulted ceiling. The glass cases that line its walls display an array of distinctive Asian ceramics, and remind us that this is indeed a museum. Some couples have married on the stairs, which look amazing when decorated with candles and flowers; with this setup, wedding attendees observe the ceremony from the Loggia above, as if gazing upon royalty. Once the service concludes, cocktails, passed champagne and hors d’oeuvres are served in the Loggia, where tall tables, candles and special linens personalize the space. During this time, your guests can explore the art galleries situated on either side of the Hall, where a world-class collection of works from China, Japan and Korea awaits.

For an elegant sit-down dinner and dancing, the adjacent Samsung Hall is equally classy. Vast and square-shaped, it continues the visual theme of columns and plenty of marble, but also boasts enormous windows crisscrossed with intricate metalwork. A huge bronze chandelier illuminates the festivities from high above. When you add linen-clad tables, mood lighting and the dulcet sounds of a string quartet, the hall feels positively palatial.

If you prefer a contemporary setting, the museum has a pair of almost identical courts on the lower level that are connected by two open hallways. Known as the North and South Courts, they were completely remodeled during the museum construction, and present a striking contrast to the historic sections of the facility. Their thoroughly modern and minimalist design features clean lines, a marble floor, and an angular ceiling of skylights nearly three stories above. Because of their considerable size, the courts lend themselves to a wide range of event options: wedding ceremonies, sit-down dinners, buffets with food stations, and cocktail parties. You can even create a lounge atmosphere by bringing in a bar, conversational groupings of couches, and tables and chairs.

Before the festivities begin, brides who want a secluded spot in which to get ready or relax can utilize the lovely Peterson Room on the first floor. A lavish private room, it has Oriental rugs and Asian-inspired décor that’s very Zen.

There are many advantages to planning an event at the Asian Art Museum, but the main one is this: No matter where you hold your celebration, you’re surrounded by beauty. The building has so much style and history (not to mention its world-renowned art collection) that you don’t have to add much to make your celebration dazzling.

Capacity

Ceremony

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 500

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 400
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 500
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 1500
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 1000

Meetings

  • Max. Seated: 250

CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Museum accommodates a maximum of 400 seated or 1,500 standing guests, though not all in one room. Samsung Hall and the Loggia hold up to 250 seated guests (225 when including space for a dance area), and up to 350 standing. Each Court holds up to 200 seated or 250 standing guests. The Galleries may be rented with event spaces. Food and beverages are not permitted in the galleries.

Please inquire about outdoor tent options to increase maximum capacity.

Fees & Deposits

A $5,000 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 30 days prior to event. Rental fees range $3,500–20,000 depending on space rented.

Location Uses

Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners

Services/Amenities

Catering: select from list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: through caterer
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: built-in or BYO through caterer
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: valet or public garage
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: pay phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: yes
Cleanup: through caterer
View: artwork
Other: in-house audiovisual

Site Views

Other

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Museum

Restrictions

Alcohol: BYO, licensed server
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OKOther: no glitter, rice or birdseed
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required

Some Essential Info
Catering

Choose From List

Alcohol

BYO

Amplified Music

Indoors
Outdoors

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible

Availability

Weddings are contracted from 5:15pm–1:30am (including setup, event, and load-out) year-round, except Thursday nights.