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Are you looking for that perfect place to hold an elegant reception,
  an important awards dinner,

     a retirement party for a beloved colleague,
or any other event in which an impressive location is of paramount importance?

The Johnson Museum of Art is that place. 

We have the beautiful Lynch Conference Room on the sixth floor for dinners with dazzling views... the outdoor Mallin Sculpture Court for summer parties with live music... the glass-enclosed Appel Lobby that will make a memorable cocktail party... and the dramatic spaces of the wing, overlooking the Morgan Japanese Garden...

Our striking spaces will transform any event into a very special occasion.

At the Top

Crowning this amazing building is the sixth floor conference room with a commanding view of Cayuga Lake. The room is available for receptions, luncheons, presentations, and dinners. The sixth floor accommodates up to 80 guests for formal dinners and 150 for informal receptions. The facility includes kitchen space and restrooms. It measures 45 x 30 feet.

The Lynch Conference Room is a gift from Susan E. Lynch in memory of Ronald P. Lynch '58.

Open Air

During warmer months, the Mallin Sculpture Court is also available for rental. This elegant terrace measures 63 x 29 feet, accommodating up to 150 people, and can be used for live musical performances or receptions. The sculpture court overlooks Ithaca and Cayuga Lake, and is enhanced by a collection of modern sculpture, crowned by the light installation Cosmos. Use of the sculpture court, of course, is dependent on good weather.

Larger Events 

The glass-walled Appel Lobby is perfect for larger receptions. The two-story ceilings and glass walls create a dramatic open effect that lends elegance to any event. The lobby can accommodate 200 guests.
For an extra-special event, the entire main building can be kept open after hours to allow your guests to browse in the galleries. One thousand (1,000) guests is the maximum attendance when the main building is rented. Food is allowed only in the lobby and on the sixth floor. Private tours of the Museum’s current exhibitions can be arranged for an additional fee.

In the Wing 

The 2011 Museum wing added a flexible lecture room space and a beautiful lobby area overlooking the Morgan Japanese Garden. The Hirsch Lecture Lobby measures 810 square feet, with glass doors opening to the garden, and can host a maximum of 100 guests. The lecture room (1,535 sq. ft.) can also be rented for a variety of special events and meetings. These spaces are connected to Floor 2L in the main building.

 

Tuesdays to Sundays, to facilitate the closing of the Museum to the public at 5:00 p.m., the Museum requests that evening events begin no earlier than 5:30 p.m. (Tues-Sun). The Museum has audio/visual and presentation equipment available for rental. Please see the FAQ and Guidelines pages for complete information.


Cornell Catering is the exclusive caterer of the Johnson Museum of Art. Explore their website for more information about their services.

To plan your event, please contact:
Al Miller, Chief of Security and Special Events
Office: 607 254-4653
Receptionist: 607 255-6464