"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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Venues for Large & Small Events

Helga Koch Gottwald Gateway to History | Robert G. Cabell III and Maude Morgan Cabell Gallery | Halsey Family Lecture Hall | Olsson Family Gallery | Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Lobby

Helga Koch Gottwald Gateway to History

Helga Koch Gottwald Gateway to History

Expansive and open, with high ceilings, a wall of windows, and great acoustics. Adjacent to the Cabell Gallery, the Robins Family Forum (theater), and the Halsey Family Lecture Hall. Only available for rental after 5 pm.

  • Standing reception: 150
  • Banquet-style seating: 120

Cabell Gallery. Right image courtesy of Justin Chesney.

Robert G. Cabell III and Maude Morgan Cabell Gallery

This versatile space is perfect as a reception area before entering the Halsey Family Lecture Hall for a program or meal or can be combined with the Helga Koch Gottwald Gateway to History for a larger event area. Adjacent to the Gateway to History, the Robins Family Forum (theater), the Halsey Family Lecture Hall, and the Bluford Classroom.

  • Standing reception: 150
  • Banquet-style seating: 40

Collage of events in Halsey Hall. Images courtesy of (clockwise, from top left): Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Virginia Ashley Photography, Justin Chesney, Paige Stevens Photography, Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Halsey Family Lecture Hall  

This spacious, multi-purpose room is the ideal space to express your individual creativity. Perfect for a seated dinner, meeting, large reception, or community gathering. Features a raised stage that can accommodate a lectern or small musical group, a large drop-down screen (120 inches x 160 inches), public WiFi, and sound booth. Adjacent to the Cabell Gallery.

  • Standing reception: 300
  • Theater-style seating: 200
  • Banquet-style seating: 150

Olsson Gallery.

Olsson Family Gallery

Features high ceilings, stunning parquet floors, and the Landscapes of Virginia exhibition. Adjacent to the Cochrane Lobby, if additional space is needed. Only available for rental after 5 pm.

  • Standing reception: 120
  • Banquet-style seating: 80

Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Lobby

The original historic entrance hall off of the Boulevard, with high ceilings and graceful marble floors and columns. Adjacent to the Olsson Gallery. Only available after 5 pm.

  • Standing reception: 35