Rent

Rental Fees and Packages

The M. Smith Griffith Grand Hall

The Grand Hall is a stunning entryway to the museum, featuring charcoal terrazzo floors, maple accents and a grand staircase overlooking sweeping views of the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden.

Number of Guests Rental Fee*
up to 175 $1000
175 to 350 $1500

The Meeting + Reception package includes the rental of the Grand Hall and either the Auditorium or Education Center for $900. Package pricing is only offered for events on weekdays during regular museum hours.

The Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden

The Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden provides a unique outdoor space perfect for an elegant wedding ceremony, informal cocktail reception or garden-style luncheon. The lower terrace of the garden can accommodate a 30 x 45-foot tent. The museum presents exhibitions in the sculpture garden that accentuate the beauty of the outdoor space.

Number of Guests Rental Fee*
up to 225 $600
packaged with Grand Hall rental $400

The Education Center

The Education Center offers floor-to-ceiling views of the University of Georgia’s beautifully landscaped East Campus. The space is the perfect venue for an intimate reception, luncheon, informal meeting or retreat. The space contains a retractable screen and ceiling-mounted projector for visual presentations, a whiteboard and adjoining restrooms.

Number of Guests Rental Fee*
up to 75 $400

The M. Smith Griffith Auditorium

The M. Smith Griffith Auditorium is ideal for films, chorales, lectures, meetings or small theatrical performances. In addition to a stage, it contains audio and film equipment, infrared headsets for Deaf or hard-of-hearing guests and a backstage. All events that involve slides, films or visual presentations require a staff audiovisual technician.

Number of Guests Rental Fee*
up to 200 $400

Additional Services

After-hours Security

All events that take place outside of regular museum hours require security. Regular museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday. Three-hour minimum.
Fee: $55-75 per hour (based on number of guests)

Custodial

All events that involve food and/or beverage service require additional custodial services.
Fee: $75

Coat Check

Optional service. Museum security staff can be contracted to provide ticketed coat check services for your guests from our coat room adjacent to the Grand Hall. 6-hour maximum.
Fee: $100 per 100 guests

Audiovisual Technician

All events occurring in the auditorium that involve audio or visual presentations require the use of a staff audiovisual technician.
Fee: $45 per hour

Galleries

Optional service. Allow guests to view our permanent collection and special exhibitions during your event. No food or beverages permitted in the galleries. 3-hour minimum.

Fee:
North wing galleries: $45 per hour
South wing galleries: $75 per hour
All galleries: $100 per hour

Docents

Optional service. Museum docents are trained to give overview and in-depth tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions and offer a unique experience for your guests. 2-hour maximum.
Fee: $100 per 100 guests

Tent Fee

Tent rental for the Willson Sculpture Garden must be arranged through an approved rental company. A fee is charged for the supervision of tent installation and breakdown.
Fee: $150

Décor

A select inventory of linens and votives is available.
Fee: Please inquire

Additional Information

All facility rental fees are based on 8 hours of time, including the time required for set-up and cleanup. An additional 10% of the facility fee is accrued for each hour exceeding the 8-hour event contract, as well as additional security, custodial and audiovisual fees, as required.

Special Offers and Discounts

University of Georgia departments and nonprofit organizations receive a 50% discount on facility rental Tuesday through Friday during regular museum hours. A 25% discount is offered for facility rental fees occurring on weekends and after hours. University departments must utilize facility space for UGA programming and provide a departmental account number for payment. Nonprofit organizations must provide copies of appropriate 501c(3) documentation.

Members of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art (Donating level and above) receive a 20% discount on facility rental fees.

Facility rental discounts cannot be combined. Additional services including security, custodial and audiovisual technician fees cannot be discounted.