Nestled in the center of the nation’s capital, the Monroe House is a beautifully furnished historic and landmarked mansion. Once the home of President James Monroe, built around 1800, it has preserved most of its original character. The Arts Club is a gallery-style venue with event space on three floors and an expansive walled garden and terrace. It is the perfect venue for a DC event with a capacity of up to 400 for a cocktail reception and 150 for a seated dinner.

The Arts Club offers full-service catering for private events. Our renowned Chef, Patrick Orange,  will design a menu specific to your preferred choices and the season’s freshest provisions. Our attentive catering team provides impeccable service and will create a memorable experience for your events.

Founded in 1916, the Arts Club of Washington, was the first art club in the city. For over 100 years the Club has promoted the arts and facilitated communication among artists. It is a thriving art scene with a theater, multiple art galleries, a sculpture garden, and a permanent collection. Every month, new artists from around the world are exhibited creating artistic energy in the background of your private events.


Weddings + Events

  • Dinners
  • Corporate Events
  • Holiday Party's
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Performances
  • Exhibits
  • Meetings
  • Conferences


  • Seated dinners for up to 180 guests
  • Standing receptions for up 400 guests
  • Theater style conferences for up to 120 guests
  • Schoolroom and crescent style meeting for up to 35 guests
  • Up to 6 break-out rooms
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Set in an unparalleled location in the heart of the nation's capital, our historic and unique space is ideal for a wide variety of events and occasions.

The Monroe House at the Arts Club of Washington provides an elegant backdrop to any event. A rare Washington DC's gem, it was built for entertaining. The stylish clubhouse offers spacious rooms, eclectic galleries, and a theater. The stone and brick patio offers a versatile outside space with a sculpture garden. Those who appreciate and patronize the arts may delight in the Arts Club relentless support of visual, performing and literary arts.


Located on the first floor of the house, the Monroe Front Parlor and Dining Room comfortably seats 60 guests or more. The traditionally decorated rooms combined make an excellent choice for an evening reception.


The Theater offers a large open space, a built-in stage and natural light. It's a great space for receptions, dinners, performances, conferences, meetings and ceremonies. Also called the Monroe Gallery, it showcases every month the work of different artists, creating a unique historical and cultural background to any events.


The Front Drawing Room run the full width of the Monroe House. The historic decor includes a Steinway grand piano. The room may be used separately for the most intimate occasions or can be combined with the Small Drawing Room and MacFeely to host larger parties.


Stained glass and works of art adorn the walls of the MacFeely Gallery. The room may be used for a small gathering and Board Room style meetings.


These private gardens combine elegant hardscaping with vibrant flowers and lush foliage. The area can be tented for events with up to 200 guests. The rental of the first floor provides for the exclusive use of the outside patio and garden.


202-331-7282 ext. 120 Yann Henrotte, General Manager

Our Reviews

4.0 Reviewed On 30/06/2017 Allison

We LOVED our wedding at the Arts Club! It was the perfect space for our simple, elegant, intimate wedding. I cannot say enough good things about the staff, they are beyond professional, helpful, and courteous. They always made sure me and my new husband had food to eat and

5.0 Reviewed On 30/06/2017 Melissa S

So many great things to say about the Arts Club. It's great because they have a chef onsite, so no need to bring in outside catering. Chris Glenn (GM) and team were so great to work with and did just an excellent job with the entire event. I couldn't have been happier with how

4.0 Reviewed On 30/06/2017 Phillip

DO NOT BOOK ANOTHER DC VENUE WITHOUT VISITING THE ARTS FIRST!! DC wedding venues are overpriced. The Arts club will provide the ultimate DC venue at one fourth the cost! Every guest commented on how fabulous our venue was! Located in the heart of Washington

5.0 Reviewed On 29/06/2017 Hohn N

This site was wonderful for our event. We were so glad when we found it and how great their pricing structure was. We really liked that the caterer was in-house. The staff on the day were great and treated our guests well.

4.0 Reviewed On 29/06/2017 Anna K

The Arts Club of Washington has to be one of the best, hidden gems in DC! The venue is just perfect for any special event, particularly a wedding because they will do EVERYTHING! The price is extremely reasonable and includes renting the entire house, as well as food and drinks.

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