Washington State History Museum

The Washington State History Museum in Downtown Tacoma offers a variety of spaces that can be used individually or combined to suit a wide variety of events, from small business meetings and lunches to receptions for over 300 guests. The Museum even has its own auditorium with over 200 seats, ideal for conferences, award ceremonies, or even a movie! Following are brief descriptions of our unique spaces.



Located at the Museum’s main entrance, the Grand Lobby is the building’s most open and accessible room. In the daylight, its bright airiness highlights the huge arches and beautiful balconies above, while nighttime lights from the Plaza and nearby Union Station add elegance to any occasion.


Located on the fourth floor of the Museum, one floor above the Grand Lobby, the Ben B. Cheney Mezzanine provides a versatile space that is out of the main flow of visitor traffic while offering beautiful views of the Grand Lobby, Union Station, and the NW Museum Store. With its rosewood paneling and bird’s-eye view of the Great Hall of Washington History, the Mezzanine is perfect for almost any event, including receptions, seminars, luncheons, and plated or buffet dinners. Movable panels can make the area more secluded for private events or divide it for smaller workshops within a larger seminar. The Mezzanine also combines with the fifth floor Odlin Lobby and/or the Grand Lobby, adding even more versatility and elegance to a larger event.



This impressive room with its giant arched window and sweeping views of the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Museum of Glass, and Mount Rainier offers a distinctive surrounding in which to host your meeting, reception, media event, lecture, or seminar. The room features a projection screen and video equipment that is available for no extra charge. From its own caterer’s kitchen, a seated or buffet lunch or dinner is easily served. If additional space is needed to enhance your special event, consider hosting your refreshments, cocktails, or registration in the fifth floor Odlin Lobby area, just a few steps away.


The Mount Tahoma Auditorium, seating 215, has an enclosed projection booth, is disabled accessible, has a built-in stage area (entry left and right), and contains a built-in sound system with microphones and hearing assistance devices. The projection booth has audio/visual equipment available at no additional cost. The spacious Auditorium Lobby has its own outside entrance, as well as an inside entrance on the second floor, and is ideal for luncheons, stand up receptions, registration activities, ticket sales, intermission refreshments, and other activities.