5 reasons why the Birmingham Museum of Art is an outstanding venue to host your next event


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Hosting an event at the BMA is a dazzling experience. Photo via Fotos by Fola

Hooray! After 15 long months, the Birmingham Museum of Art is back to booking in-person events starting on August 1. It’s easy to imagine why the museum is a unique place to host a party or wedding, but we are blown away by just how much you can do in the space. Let us take you on a tour, or go ahead and reach out to book your next event today.

First, meet Jestina Howard

The Birmingham Museum of Art Special Events Manager Jestina Howard walked us through what it was like to host an event at the BMA. When you contact her to set up a tour of the space, rest assured she’ll provide great advice and answer every question about making your plans come to life.

“Our venue is unique because it’s filled with more than 27,000 pieces of art dating from ancient to modern times that can be a great backdrop for any event. We have the colorful blown glass Birmingham Persian Wall created by Dale Chihuly that adorns the 8th Ave Lobby.

There’s the multi-level Charles Ireland Sculpture Garden outside and the grand spiral staircase in Oscars Cafe. We also have the Steiner Auditorium, which seats 332 people with AV capabilities and a stage.”

Jestina Howard, Special Events Manager, Birmingham Museum of Art
If you can think of it, the BMA can host it. Here are a few of the types of events held at the museum:
  • Wedding ceremonies and receptions
  • Engagement parties
  • Rehearsal dinners
  • Social events
  • Corporate meetings and receptions
  • Graduations
  • Proms
  • Concerts
  • Film screenings
  • And the list goes on!

1. You can transform the space into your dream venue

“A lot of event planners like our venue because it has large, open spaces with a sophisticated, modern feel. This allows them to bring their creative ideas into fruition for their clients.”

Jestina Howard

The museum also has an inventory of tables, chairs and staging that clients can use complimentary for their event.

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Jestina shows me a museum map and explains where guests can tour the BMA during the event. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Have a work of art you always gravitate toward or want to show your guests an interesting part of the museum? You’re not limited to one or two areas when you host an event at the BMA. The art galleries can be open during an event for the clients’ guests to tour.

3. There’s a fantastic caterer on sight

While you take care of transforming the space into your own, the museum will handle the food for you. Although outside catering is not allowed, the BMA has an exclusive (and delicious) caterer to handle all of your needs.

Enjoy food from Savoie and beverages from B&B Beverage Management CoFind out more when you contact Jestina to host an event at the BMA.

4. The Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden is a hidden outdoor gem of the city

Finding an outdoor space to hold an event in downtown Birmingham isn’t an easy task. That’s why we’re almost afraid to reveal the BMA’s sculpture garden as a lesser-known spot perfect for entertaining guests.

With 30,000 square feet to play with, you can set up tents, bring out a bar and watch day turn to night in the beautiful garden.

5. You’re supporting a vital + inclusive Birmingham nonprofit

The BMA brings the joy of art to all visitors at zero cost. If a client chooses to have an event at the museum, they will get a tax deduction because the fee is an actual contribution.

When you host an event at the BMA, you’re also picking a place that values inclusivity for all.

“Education is a part of our core mission so we offer discounted fees for educational related events such as programs and training sessions. We are Kulture City Certified! This means that we are sensory-inclusive, which allows our event guests with sensory needs to feel welcome and secure at the museum. We offer sensory bags, quiet areas and headphone zones if needed.”

Jestina Howard

Ready to host a đź”Ą event? Email Jestina to make it come true and for more information.

Be sure to visit the Birmingham Museum of Art’s websiteFacebook and Instagram for news about upcoming exhibitions, including Ways of Seeing: The Art of Travel, Trade, and Transportation.

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