Gibbes Museum of Art Est. Prior to 1930

135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC, USA

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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.
The Lowdown
Type
Art Gallery
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Garden
Historic Building
Museum
Views
Courtyard
Garden
Landscaped Grounds
Water Feature
Style
Classic
Cultural
Elegant
Garden Party
Romantic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Product Launch
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Reunion
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

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.

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.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Required To Host An Event At This Venue

Capacity

Seated
350
Buffet
N/A
Standing
900
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
Prior to 1930
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice
Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dining Chairs
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Charleston is a city overflowing with culture and history, all of which comes alive the moment you step inside the Gibbes Museum of Art, located along the city’s Museum Mile. Upon walking into the grand Beaux-arts style building, you’ll see unique architecture and details preserved from 1905, along with several meeting spaces, a relaxing café, a breathtaking classical European-style garden, and revered galleries that feature over 400 years of American art, as well as thought provoking contemporary exhibitions.  Whether you're hoping to celebrate team building or to celebrate love, the Gibbes is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.  
Design:
Touches of old Charleston can be seen throughout the recently renovated Beaux-arts style Gibbes Museum.  The window and door openings from 1905, as well as the original porcelain tile floor and crown molding, welcome you into the building, and the art invites you to stay.  Once you ascend the restored double staircase and enter the into Rotunda, you'll be taken aback by the beauty of theTiffany-style dome, which lights the neo-classical sculpture gallery- an exquisite place to exchange vows or celebrate with a cocktail hour. 

You'll lose track of time in the main gallery while exploring the art dating back to the eighteenth century, and you'll be brought back to the present when browsing the contemporary art exhibits on the 3rd floor.  

As you head back downstairs, the rose marble flooring, exposed brick walls, and glass curtain windows of the Reception and Lecture Halls lead to the museum's classical European-style garden, adorned with contemporary touches.  Lined with live oaks and lush plantings, the garden has withstood countless "I Do's", as well as many lively receptions and corporate galas.
Standout Venue Features:
The 1,345 square foot sculpture hall lends itself to an intimate dinner setting or romantic wedding ceremony. The rotunda gallery is marked with its Tiffany-style art glass dome, porcelain tile floor, original light fixtures, and molding, and is truly the jewel of the GIbbes Museum. 

The Lenhardt Garden is a classical European-syle garden with contemporary touches. The stunning allee, created by live oaks with lush plantings, surrounds the garden and provides an intimate space for an unforgettable evening. 
Awards & Notables -Named One of the Best Wedding Venues in Charleston by Southern Living magazine.
-Named One of the Most Beautiful Wedding Venues in Charleston by Travel Channel.
-Named One of the Best Ceremony Venues in South Carolina by Southern Living magazine.
 
Celebration Locations
Rotunda Gallery:
1,345 square foot sculpture hall marked with its Tiffany-style dome and porcelain tile floor
- View: Looking out into Charleston's Historic Distric
- Max Capacity: 135 Lecture Style Seating/ 150 Cocktail/ 70 Seated Dinner
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Second Floor Galleries:
A great addition to an event in the Rotunda, where guests can browse American Art dating back to the eighteenth century
- Max Capacity: N/A
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Reception and Lecture Halls:
Provides 2,925 square feet of sleek and functional meeting space, including wireless internet and audio visual equipment
- View: Looks out into the garden
- Max Capacity: 200 Cocktail/ 170 Seated Dinner
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Outdoor Garden:
Classical European-style garden offering 8,448 square feet of lush outdoor space
- View: Live oaks, manicured grounds, and Charleston's Historic District
- Max Capacity: 350 Seated/ 500 Cocktail
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
The Daily is a neighborhood marketplace with top-notch coffee, breakfast, juice, smoothies, pastries, bread, wine, beer and grab-and-go provisions.  We also have a list of outstanding preferred caterers and bar service providers. 

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