I am a big fan of the Newseum and I’ve already covered it in a site report here (and it was the inspiration for this blog post on gracefully ending an event), but I recently visited the museum as a regular person (aka not in an events capacity at all – you might call this a tourist) and I thought I would share some photos of spaces that are also available for rent, but I haven’t personally used yet.
As I’ve mentioned previously, one of the big draws for the Newseum is its view of the US Capitol. The museums have multiple terraces, including one attached to the Knight Conference Center on the 7th floor (mentioned here) but there is also a terrace on the 6th floor outside of Today’s Front Pages Gallery – that’s exactly what it sounds like, a gallery of front pages from around the nation and world updated daily. Here are some photos of the view:
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was crossing off a venue from my bucket list – the Library of Congress. Well the event we hosted there has come and gone and in the midst of lots of other events, I never had the chance to post some photos or share my thoughts. Then the whole government shutdown happened and I didn’t want to draw attention to a venue that was currently unavailable for use, but now that everything is up and running again, let’s chat about the LoC!
To start, the Library is beautiful. It is amazingly gorgeous. But it is a cultural institution (or a national treasure, if the federal government is telling you) and events are not necessarily easy to put on there. There are a ton of rules – most of which are completely understandable. For example, you can only have events during certain hours. We were not able to have are start time any earlier than 7 PM, so it wouldn’t interfere with regular guests in the space. There is a metal detector that all guests need to use. This isn’t that uncommon in DC, but it may be to some planners. The metal detector ended up being a huge bottleneck for our guests. (You can read more about that in my blog post on timing over at Social Tables). There is no red wine allowed – again, not uncommon for museums or historic sites. The floors and stairs at the Library are marble and red wine would stain.
If you are regular reader of this blog (thank you!) you’ll know that I recently had the opportunity of spending a week in Oklahoma City. On the off-chance that someone stumbles across this blog who is interested in planning events in Oklahoma City, I’ve reviewed each of the venues we’re used for the event. Rounding that out is the Oklahoma History Center and the good news is, even if you are just planning on visiting OKC, this is a must see. Being able to plan or attend an event there is just a bonus.
The Oklahoma History Center is dedicated to Oklahoma history, past and present. There are numerous galleries on various topics. There is also a cafeteria and meeting space.
The conference we were hosting in Oklahoma City was headquartered at the Skirvin Hilton, but we wanted to move on evening’s dinner offsite to mix things up. My colleague, Christina, found the history center and we immediately fell in love. Now full-disclosure: I am a history nerd (I think Christina is as well!), but look at this gorgeous atrium:
It’s been pretty busy over here lately, not least of all because of an exciting event I’m working on at a pretty exciting place – the Library of Congress. I am going to get to cross an item off of my event planner bucket list with this one, as the library is an absolutely amazing place and it is so exciting to host an event there!
Here are a few photos of the beautiful historic Jefferson Building. This is what most people think of when discussing the Library of Congress, but there are actually two other buildings on the campus that together comprise the library.