Events

Host an Event

Make your event unforgettable at one of the most unique event venues in West Michigan.

  A man and a woman stand at the altar with a man in between them speaking.

Photo by Arielle Teft

Your event at GRAM

Grand Rapids offers a wide range of cultural events and opportunities for entertainment, and GRAM is conveniently located right in the heart of the city, within walking distance of downtown hotels, shops and more.

As the world’s first LEED® Gold-certified Art Museum, GRAM’s beautiful architecture enhances the experience of every event. With a stunning city view and changing exhibitions as a backdrop, GRAM will help you create an experience to remember.

Contact our Special Events Department at 616.831.2916 or events@artmuseumgr.org.

Event Spaces

    With ceilings rising more than 30 feet, the Main Lobby of the museum offers a grand experience for guests. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres surrounded by the elegant and environmentally-friendly elements of the museum, such as the Reflecting Pool, which is part of GRAM’s water recycling system.

    With hardwood floors and walls, the Cook Auditorium provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With moveable seating, ambient starlight in a recessed ceiling, and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, this unique space allows for a wide variety of functions.

    Our outside Dining Terrace is a great venue for live music and dining in a refreshing open-air atmosphere. 

    With the large portico to protect guests from sun and rain, the Dining Terrace provides a uniquely stylish downtown experience.

    An outdoor atrium featuring an expansive water wall backdrop, Pocket Park is a unique and intimate yet open outdoor space in the heart of downtown.

    With floor-to-ceiling windows, city views, and beautiful Eames furniture, the GRAM boardroom is a sophisticated space for corporate gatherings or intimate functions.

    This long hallway space between the Frey Boardroom and Miller Veranda provides additional lounge seating, coffee tables and restrooms.

    An elevated outdoor space overlooking a beautiful courtyard and bustling city street, the Veranda is a fantastic space for private functions. Bring in a live band for dancing or set up tables for an open-air dinner party.

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Catering & Beverages

When hosting an event at GRAM, we ask that you select from one of the preferred caterers listed below. While outside food or drink is not allowed inside the museum, our dedicated caterers will do their best to accommodate your every need.

The State of Michigan liquor license held by GRAM requires all alcoholic beverages consumed at GRAM to be purchased through the museum and served by our designated staff. There is no exception to this policy. Alcohol may not be brought into, or removed from, the museum by a client or their guests at any time.

By law, alcohol service close 30 minutes prior to the event end time. GRAM and our designated servers reserve the right to refuse alcohol service to anyone at any time. Identification may be requested from anyone requesting alcoholic beverages. Refusal to produce requested identification will result in no alcoholic beverage service for that individual.

For catering and beverage service inquiries, please contact our beverage Manager, Wendy St. John, at wstjohn@artmuseumgr.org.

  • Applause Catering + Events
  • Amway Grand Plaza Catering
  • The Catering Co.
  • The Gilmore Collection
  • YoChef’s Catering
  • Grand Central Market
  • Kangaroo Kitchen
  • Kitchen Sagez

Event Types

    GRAM often hosts corporate parties and conferences. As the world’s first LEED® Gold-certified Art Museum in the world, our beautiful architecture enhances and elevates every event. With a stunning city view and changing exhibitions as a backdrop, GRAM will help you create a sophisticated experience to remember. Any venue at GRAM is available for corporate events, and GRAM Corporate Partners get 10% off of facility rentals.

    The simple lines and understated beauty of GRAM’s architecture provide a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your wedding ceremony and reception. In a building designed to showcase art at its finest, your wedding at GRAM will be a spectacular experience for both you and your guests. Let our professional and attentive staff assist you in making your special day an event that everyone will remember.

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    From birthday parties to private concerts to Saturday night cocktails, GRAM’s city views, ever changing art, and unique architecture provide a memorable setting for any special event.

Audiovisual

Your Facility Rental Fee includes the use of two wireless microphones (for announcements/​presentations) and the option to stream music via our in-house sound system.

A/V Add-ons

Wege Pavilion
In-house sound System: Included
Baby Grand Piano: $150

Cook Auditorium

Projector/​Screen: $100
Podium: Included
Sound System: Included

Dining Terrace

Portable Sound System: $150