Special Events and Space Rentals

Looking for a unique venue for your wedding, fundraiser or event? How about an art museum? We have a variety of spaces available to fit your budget and event needs. With a professional special events coordinator on staff, we promise to take all of the stress and guesswork out of planning your event. Individual galleries hold between 65 to 300 guests, while the building fits 700 comfortably. Space rentals start at $450. Got questions? Send us an inquiry.

Food

The Erie Art Museum works with a variety of professional catering services. To see our preferred vendors please contact us.

Drink

Just want bar service? Find our general bar rates here.
Bar Service & Drink Pricing: download pdf

Spaces

PATIO
Capacity: 250 Standing, 100 seated

HOLSTEIN GALLERY
Capacity: 300 Standing, 190 Theater-seating, 130 Banquet-seating

HAGEN GALLERY
Capacity: 150 Standing, 80 Theater-seating, 60 Banquet-seating

blue room with wood floors Hagen Gallery

Availability

Looking for a specific date? Check our availability here.

Frequently Asked Questions

● Access to galleries in the main level of the building (Holstein, Little Things, Frenzel, Main, & Leslie Lobby)
● Event coordination – assistance from Museum staff before and during the event
● Use of the Museum’s selection of tables and chairs, including set up. Inventory list available upon request.
● Use of Green Room – convenient for outfit changes and storage
A desired event date can be temporarily held for 14 days after the initial inquiry. If a decision isn’t made about an event date within 14 days, and no other person(s) have inquired about the date, it can continue to be held for another 14 days. After holding the desired date for 28 days with no contract or rental deposit, the date will be released.
To secure your desired event date, you will need to:
1. Issue EAM a $250.00 deposit
2. Review the Museum’s Guidelines, Policies, & Procedures document
3. Sign the Facility Event Space Rental Agreement located on the last page of the Guidelines, Policies, & Procedures document
We suggest contacting the Museum’s Event Coordinator to schedule a personal tour/meeting to discuss specifics and answer any questions you may have about a rental event. If you are unable to schedule a tour/meeting, you are welcome to tour the Museum rental spaces on your own when the Museum is open to the public.
If your event requires Museum equipment or staff that is not included in the facility rental price, please contact the Event Coordinator to discuss any additional event requests. We are able to accommodate usage of our outdoor patio or audio/visual equipment and operation for an additional fee.
Preserving and protecting the art we house is our main mission, therefore we do not allow the following within the museum:
● Open flames or smoking
● Taping or tacking of decorations or materials to walls, ceilings or exhibition cases
● Live potted plants (soil/dirt)
● Confetti, glitter, feathers, rice, birdseed, balloons, and bubbles
● Fog machines and pyrotechnics
A certificate of liability insurance in the amount of $1 million naming the Museum as an additional insured is required for all rentals.
The Pennsylvania liquor license held by the Museum requires that all alcoholic beverages consumed at the Museum be purchased through the Museum and served by our designated servers.
The Museum does not have its own parking facilities. If your event starts before 5pm on a weekday, you will have to utilize city parking garages or metered street parking. Erie Insurance has graciously allowed us to park in their lot across from the Museum at 5th and French Street on weekends and after 5PM on weekdays.
Holiday rentals can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis, contact Event Coordinator for more information.
We accept in-person payment by credit card, cash or check during the Museum’s operating hours. We are also able to send an invoice by email and have you pay electronically.
If mailing a check, please mail to 20 E. 5th Street Erie, PA 16507, Attn. Event Coordinator.
A cancellation less than sixty (60) days prior to the event date, results in no fees paid to the Museum being refunded.

A cancellation more than sixty (60) days prior to the event, results in a refund of all fees paid to the Museum, except the rental deposit.

A cancellation more than six months prior to the event, results in a refund of all fees paid to the Museum, including the rental deposit.

If you are interested in having an event during the Museum’s hours of operation and there are no internal events scheduled on that day, you will be required to pay an all day, full facility rate. Please contact the Museum’s Event Coordinator to discuss options and availability.
We do not allow rehearsal dinners the night before an event, however, final walk-throughs and wedding rehearsals are permitted. Please contact EAM Event Coordinator to discuss.