Rental Information


The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Baltimore’s premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland’s African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the East Coast’s largest African American museum occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility with ample permanent and special exhibition space, interactive learning environments, auditorium, resource center, oral history recording studio, museum shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, outside terrace and reception areas. The museum is located near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at the corner of Pratt and President Streets.

The Lewis is capable of hosting events from small intimate dinner parties to large scale receptions. Our unique venue is a mark of architectural excellence, as well as a state of the art attractive venue for your special occasion. The museum is the perfect location for corporate events, meetings, seminars, weddings, receptions, galas, holiday parties and fundraisers. The museum offers a one of a kind space for your private gathering and our professional event planning staff is ready to assist you in every detail from start to finish.











(All rates are based on 4 hours and 200 maximum guest count, excluding meeting spaces)

Any event exceeding its rental time before or ending will be charged the hourly rate


Rental Space                                                      Number of Guests          

Entire Building                                                   N/A                                        

Lewis Flex (only)                                                up to 80 (seated)             

Lewis Flex and Classroom                                up to 160                              

1st Floor Classroom (cocktail only)                 up to 60                               

2nd Floor Lobby and Theater -                        up to 400                           

2nd Floor Lobby (only)                                      up to 240                             

Theater (reception or dinner)                         150 seat & Serve              

Theater (seats)                                                  Full Capacity (200)            

4th Fl. Commons, Terrace, Brd Rm                                                             


Meeting Space

Distance Learning Center                                                                            

Board Room                                                                                                       

Conference Room                                                                                          


*** All Capacity numbers depend on the scope of the event ***


EXHIBITS –  open for the first two hours of event.  After there is a charge of $70 per hour to have exhibits open. 


DEPOSIT - $500 due on rates $2,000 & under|Rates above $2,000 require a 25% Deposit

  • Due upon signing Letter of Agreement to confirm a reservation.  
  • Deposits are credited to the total rental fee


CANCELLATIONS /DEPOSIT REFUNDS – 90 days out 75% refunded | 60 days out 50% refunded | 30 days out or less deposit is non-refundable


RENTAL FEE BALANCE  - due 30 days prior to event date


PROHIBITS:  Smoking, Flowers (unless they are from  a florist), Candles, Red Wine, unweighted or unarched balloons 


The fees for use of the Museum space are based on the following:

  • Fee for use of the Museum Space (up to 200 guests)
  • Additional per-guest charge for over 200 |$10.00 per person) 
  • Fee for access to galleries after first 2 hours | $70.00 per hour  (depending on time of event)
  • Fee for after-hours operation of the Museum Gift Shop |NO CHARGE
  • Fee for AV Tech |$50.00 per hour
  • Fee for additional security | $30.00 per hour


RENTAL AMENITIES  (additional charges may apply)                                       

  • Tables 60” Rounds – Included with rental
  • High boys – Included with rental
  • Chairs – Included with rental
  • Podium – Included with rental
  • Green Room(s)  $$
  • Audio/Visual Services $$
  • Linens - $$
  • Microphone - $$
  • Riser and/or Stage  - $$
  • Projector - $$
  • Extra Security - $$
  • Guided Tour - $$

Discounts for members (partner Level and above), nonprofits, military, donors, partners, educational institutions

Exclusive Caterer: Class Act Catering Inc. By Jim Britton|410-521-0200|classactcatering@verizon.net


Museum Contact:           

Sandy Smalls                                                                                                      Malcolm Grimes

Sales and Special Events Manager 443-263-1811                                       Special Events Assistant 443-263-1855

sandy.smalls@lewismuseum.org  fax:  410-333-1138                                malcolm.grimes1@lewismuseum.org


Thank you for considering the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture for your special event!

We look forward to making it AWESOME!