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San Jose Museum of Art

San Jose Wedding Venue
110 South Market Street
San Jose, California 95113

Contact: Events Manager
Phone: 408/291-5377
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Why We Like This Place

Two of the most notable buildings in downtown San Jose stand side by side, facing a grand plaza with a circle of palms at its center. One is from the 19th century, the other from the 20th, yet joined together they make up the San Jose Museum of Art, an intriguing place for both art and scintillating special events.

On the left is the historic wing, built in 1892 from rough-hewn sandstone. Originally the city’s Post Office and then its Main Library, it displays the graceful lines of a Richardson Romanesque structure. To the right is the new wing, constructed in 1991. Modern and sophisticated, this 45,000-square-foot addition showcases an inspired use of natural sandstone, precast concrete, glass and aluminum. The combination of these stylistic contrasts offers party-planners several exciting event spaces to choose from.

Walk up the steps and through the museum’s skylit entrance and you’ll find yourself in the Atrium, the primary site for special events. “Dramatic” is the word that comes to mind as you take in this open, airy space: The soaring 30-foot ceiling is hung with glass chandeliers by famed artist Dale Chihuly; gleaming gray terrazzo floors meet the rough stone of the exposed wall where the two wings are joined; and floor-to-ceiling windows reveal an outdoor sculpture court. A second-story balcony is an excellent spot for a string quartet, jazz trio or wedding ceremony. Holiday parties, corporate galas, weddings and receptions—all have been held in this impressive setting.

The Atrium opens to the historic wing, which houses the Café and a 2,000-square-foot event space in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center. With its tall arched windows, hardwood floors and crisp white walls, this versatile room works well for a party with dinner and dancing, or a meeting in a dynamic atmosphere.

The museum’s collection of art—both contemporary and historical—is displayed throughout many ever-changing galleries. They’re all open for viewing, but if you’d like a private docent tour for your guests just ask—it will be provided at no charge.

Whether you’re planning an out-of-the-ordinary wedding or a marketing presentation, the San Jose Museum of Art provides a striking backdrop. There simply is nowhere else in the South Bay where you can simultaneously have a celebration and immerse yourself in today’s newest painting, sculpture, photography and other forms of contemporary art.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 180
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 200
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 800
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 1200
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 1500


  • Max. Seated: 150

CEREMONY CAPACITY: Various spaces seat 80–180 guests.

RECEPTION CAPACITY: The museum holds 50–1,200 for cocktails or 200 for a seated dinner. Outdoors, the Fairmont Plaza accommodates up to 1,500 standing guests and up to 800 for seated dinners.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Charlotte Wendel Education Center holds 50–150 for meetings.

Fees & Deposits

50% of the rental fee is payable when the contract is signed, and the rental balance is due 8 weeks prior to the event. Evening rental fees range $6,500–10,000 depending on the event duration and areas used. Daytime meeting packages are also available.

Location Uses

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


Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: limited
Tables & Chairs: in-house and through caterers
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Meeting Equipment: WiFi, microphone, podium, screens
Parking: nearby garages and surface lots
Accommodations: hotels nearby
Outdoor Night Lighting: in Circle of Palms
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: by permit
Cleanup: through caterer
View: Circle of Palms, Fairmont Plaza, St. Joseph’s Basilica, Cesar Chavez Park
Other: event coordination, gallery tours, team building and art activities

Site Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility


Alcohol: in-house through Museum Café only
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors with no curfew, OK outdoors with volume limits and 11pm curfew
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required
Other: no food or drinks in galleries

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Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, after 5pm. Additional hours are available. Corporate and other daytime events take place in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center.

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