Terra Gallery and Event Venue 511 Harrison St • San Francisco • CA 94105

Terra Gallery and Event Venue

511 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94105

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Why You'll Love This Place

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The collective creativity of entrepreneurs, artists and tech whizzes has made SOMA the hippest neighborhood in The City, vibrating with a diversity of businesses, restaurants, clubs and galleries.

One of the most intriguing of these is Terra Gallery & Event Venue, a collection of galleries and event spaces that epitomizes the synergy of art and technology. At this urban-chic venue, just blocks from the Bay Bridge, you're encouraged to turn your celebration into a work of art—literally. The whole place is like a big blank canvas on which you can paint whatever vision you have in mind. Terra's two diverse levels have separate entrances, so you can reserve a floor individually or take over all the galleries and offer your guests multiple environments.

Terra Gallery's upper floor has a spacious, open feeling thanks to 5,000 square feet of Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, white brick walls and support columns rising 20 feet to the ceiling, and floor-to-ceiling windows at the end of the room. Light pours in during the day, and at night city lights turn the wall of glass into a vast glittering tableau—a dreamy backdrop for a wedding ceremony. A carpeted area with leather furniture and a baby grand piano lets guests relax and enjoy the view.

Equally impressive is Mer, a lounge-style space on the lower floor that gives off the ultra-hip vibe of a private club. Serpentine bars inlaid with glass tiles let the staff serve up signature cocktails with style and ease. A built-in oak stage at one end holds your entertainment, while guests dance on the gleaming hardwood floor. Mer adjoins a 3,000-square-foot landscaped patio, which can be left open to the stars or elegantly tented. Bamboo and lush foliage evoke a garden atmosphere for a cocktail reception.

Terra's staff will work with you and your planners to ensure that your wedding is seamlessly choreographed. You're welcome to incorporate the current exhibit's paintings into your event, or turn Terra into your own personal gallery by exhibiting blown-up photos of the bride and groom on the walls, or projecting a slide show set to music. Terra's state-of-the art gallery lighting and multimedia capabilities allow for the ultimate in customization. And if you're having a destination wedding here, they're able to provide a live feed to guests who can't attend.

You’re free to bring your own licensed and insured caterer, or select from their preferred list. And there’s plenty of nearby parking with valet service available upon request. To make it easy for out-of-town guests who want to take advantage of nearby museums, entertainment and sightseeing, Terra has partnered with local hotels for special group rates.

Terra's versatility makes it an inspired choice for just about any type of event. Whether you desire a quiet and refined affair or a totally theatrical experience, Terra has all the elements.

Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $8,000–18,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
    • Guest count
    • Facility usage and type of organization

Additional Info
  • The 3,000-square-foot landscaped Mer patio can be tented and also accommodates food trucks.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 300 300
Cocktails, etc. Standing 725 300
Reception Seated 350 300
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 400.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: Terra Gallery holds up to 300 seated guests; Mer accommodates 200 seated.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Terra Gallery holds 350 seated guests or 725 standing; Mer accommodates 200 seated or 725 standing. The Mer patio can host up to 300.

MEETING CAPACITY: Terra Gallery holds 400 seated guests; Mer accommodates 200 seated. When both floors are used, 400 can be seated theater-style with a breakout area for 200. The Mer patio can host up to 300.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list

BYO caterers must be licensed and insured.



Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily; timing is customized to your needs.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Art Gallery
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Conference Center
  • Loft / Warehouse / Industrial
  • Nightclub
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Landscaped Grounds

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: select from preferred list, BYO must be licensed and insured
Kitchen Facilities: 2 prep kitchens
Tables & Chairs: provided by caterer
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided by caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided at no charge
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra fee
Parking: garages nearby or valet CBA
Accommodations: nearby hotels
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: yes
Cleanup: included in rental fee
View: cityscape, landscaped grounds
Other: contemporary art on display; increased bandwidth in/out available at competitive rates


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified and live music OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required, CBA


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