Dayton Art Institute

Where events are an art form…

Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum’s iconic building was modeled after the Villa d’Este near Rome, a fine example of sixteenth-century Italian Renaissance architecture.

Dayton Art Institute offers many elegant event spaces that will accommodate everything from an intimate luncheon for 30 to a seated dinner for 300 or a cocktail reception for 600. Your guests will be surrounded by masterpieces from around the globe as they marvel at one of the area’s premier destinations for events for the last 100 years.

The Rotunda

Greet your guests in the museum’s elegant Rotunda. It provides the perfect backdrop for guest registration, cocktail hour, and even wedding ceremonies. The Rotunda can only be rented after museum hours and can accommodate up to 250 guests for a cocktail reception.

THe Great Hall

Connecting the museum’s galleries as well as having access to the Hale and Gothic Cloisters, The Great Hall’s impressive design and scale helps it live up to its name. Also only available after museum hours, The Great Hall can seat 150 guests for a sit-down dinner and up to 400 guests for a cocktail reception.

The Hale Cloister

The tranquil outdoor setting of the Hale Cloister is the ideal location for small weddings, receptions and cocktail hour. The Hale Cloister is a Renaissance-themed courtyard with outdoor sculptures, beautiful landscaping and a tranquil fountain. The Hale Cloister holds up to 160 for a wedding ceremony and up to 200 guests for a cocktail reception.

Shaw Gothic CLoister

One of Dayton’s most iconic event spaces, the Shaw Gothic Cloister is a hexagon-shaped space with period Gothic architecture. The majestic glass-doomed cathedral ceiling allows you and your guests to dine and dance beneath the stars! The Shaw Gothic Cloister can accommodate up to 250 guests for a seated dinner and up to 600 for a cocktail reception.

mimi & Stuart Rose Auditorium

With state of the art lighting and audiovisual capabilities combined with stunning architectural features, the Auditorium is a sight to behold. From meetings, presentations, concerts and wedding ceremonies, the Auditorium will captivate your guests with its one of a kind setting. Seating can accommodate up to 480 guests, and a stage manager is available to assist during events.

Sample Floor Plan for the Shaw Gothic Cloister


Dayton Art Institute Image Gallery


Thank you to the photographers who helped curate this gallery:

Babcock Studio | Jenny Haas Photography | Mark Garber Photography | Studio 22 Photography