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The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans is located in the heart of New Orleans’ historic Warehouse Arts District. Devoted to the art, culture and history of the South, the Museum is the perfect setting for weddings, receptions, formal dinners, corporate events, and social celebrations of any sort.

Stephen Goldring Hall currently showcases changing exhibitions and the Museum’s permanent collections. This modern, five-story structure features a glass facade, "floating" staircase, and intimate galleries surrounded by mezzanine-style balconies which overlook the Grand Hall's four-story atrium. Goldring Hall can host small gatherings as well as large receptions of up to 700 guests. The rooftop terrace, with exquisite views of the city's skyline, is also available for private functions.

Also available for rental is the iconic Patrick F. Taylor Library (originally named Howard Memorial Library). Designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, the Library remains the only building in the South by this important American architect and Louisiana native. The large, open floor-plan features towering vaulted ceilings adorned with individually carved, unique “Hounds of Knowledge.” With a capacity of up to 300 guests, this landmark is ideal for the host seeking a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

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Which spaces does the Ogden Museum of Southern Art rent? What are their capacities?

The Museum rents two buildings: the modern, five-story Stephen Goldring Hall and the 19th-century Patrick F. Taylor Library, which are connected via connecting corridor for Goldring Hall is rented by floor; the Library is rented as one space. Below are rental combinations with capacities:
• Goldring Hall: Atrium*- Reception: 150, Seated: 80
• Goldring Hall: Atrium and 3rd floors*- Reception: 300, Seated: 150
• Goldring Hall: Atrium, 3rd and 4th floors*- Reception: 450, Seated: 220
• Goldring Hall: 5th floor with Roof Top Terrace- Reception: 130, Seated: 60
• All of Goldring Hall- Reception: 700, Seated: 280
• Library- Reception: 300, Seated 200Φ

*Rental includes restrooms on the 2nd floor mezzanine.
ΦCapacity while maintaining stage and accompanying dance-floor/open-space
‡Museum policy limits the number of guests in the museum at one time to 700 persons.

What does the Museum provide with facility rentals?

Facility rentals include the space(s) rented, security and an on-site coordinator. All beverage service is provided through the Museum at an additional cost, while catering, furniture rental, A/V, and any other services must be contracted through third-party vendors. All third-party vendors must be approved by the Museum. The on-site coordinator acts only as an intermediary between the Museum, client, and third-party vendors for the interests of the Museum only and does not serve as an event planner for the client.

Can I bring in my own caterer?

The Museum allows clients to bring in outside caterers at no additional charge. All caterers must be approved by the Museum and conduct an on-site meeting with the events manager no less than 30 days prior to the date of the event. Outside caterers may not provide beverage service.

Does the Museum have a list of approved caterers?

Click here to view a list of suggested third-party vendors. Clients are not bound to use these third-party vendors; however this list is comprised of vendors familiar with the Museum that have previously produced events in the space.

When is the Museum available for rental?

Facility rentals must not interfere with normal working conditions of the Museum. Facility rentals may only be contracted in Goldring Hall after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday-Monday. Goldring Hall is available after 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays. The Library is available for rent after 10:00 a.m., 7 days a week.

How long is regular rental period?

The Museum rents facilities for 4 hour events. Additional time may be contracted at an incremental, additional cost. Load-in and load-out are not included in this 4 hour time.

Does the Museum provide parking?

Adjacent parking lots are not owned by the Museum. Parking Arrangements can be made with Premium Parking http://premiumparking.com

Photos of Events in Stephen Goldring Hall

Photo © Rob Gelhardt Photo © Rob Gelhardt Photo © Rob Gelhardt Photo © Cheryl Gerber
Photo © Rob Gelhardt Photo © Rob Gelhardt Photo © Rob Gelhardt
Photo © Rob Gelhardt Photo © Rob Gelhardt Photo © Rob Gelhardt
Photo © Rob Gelhardt

Photos of Events in the Patrick F. Taylor Library

Photo © Erika Parker Photo © Erika Parker Photo © Erika Parker Photo © Erika Parker
Photo © Erika Parker Photo © Erika Parker Photo © Erika Parker Photo © Erika Parker
Photo © Cheryl Gerber Photo © Cheryl Gerber Photo © Cheryl Gerber


Stephen Goldring Hall Atrium
Stephen Goldring Hall 3rd Floor
Stephen Goldring Hall 4th Floor
Stephen Goldring Hall 5th Floor
Patrick F. Taylor Library


For pricing, availability and additional information or to arrange a site visit please contact our events department at or call at 504.539.9607

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