Special Events

Entertaining at LBMA

Since 1950, the Long Beach Museum of Art has been home to countless weddings, events and celebrations overlooking the ocean. Located on the scenic California coastline, the Museum’s grounds comprise a historic 1911 craftsman home, two-story gallery space, and unobstructed view of the Queen Mary and Catalina Island. In 2019, LBMA acquired LBMA Downtown, a gallery and meeting space in the heart of the East Village Arts District—complete with 35-foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors, and sweeping natural light. Both venues are perfect for proposals, weddings, rehearsal dinners, receptions (cocktail and seated), meetings, luncheons, photoshoots and more. Allow our Special Events team to bring your vision to life!

Exclusive Catering

Claire’s at the Museum restaurant located on the Museum grounds (Ocean Blvd campus), caters to all of your needs. Served alongside artisanal cocktails, Claire’s offers a complete menu ranging tray-passed hors d’oeuvres to plated dinners. Our culinary experts and serving staff deliver an unparalleled dining experience for our guests.

Weddings & Events
Corporate and Commercial
Meeting Space
Both LBMA and LBMA Downtown are perfect for accommodating presentations, seminars, trainings and more. Catering is available upon request.
Commercial Photoshoots
Commercial Filming and Photography at LBMA is subject to the terms and conditions in the Museum’s Location Agreement and the Filming and Photography Policies. Please contact our team with your inquiry.

COVID-19 Updates

Please follow signage/instructions posted by LBMA staff

Sanitize and wash hands frequently

Due to changing health guidelines, LBMA will remain as flexible as possible and will work with you to make your events a reality. Please contact our team using the form below with any questions and for any updates. 


What is the total capacity?* 

(Please see COVID-19 Updates for guest counts)

LBMA can accommodate up to 1,500 guests on its outdoor patios for cocktail-style events, 300 seated. Our indoor space can accommodate up to 70 guests, 50 seated. Please reach out to our team for event details.

Can we use outside catering or is Claire’s catering required?

The Long Beach Museum of Art has its own exclusive on-site catering, Claire’s at the Museum. Contingent on the food and beverage minimum (please refer to event packets for minimums), you are welcome to bring in an outside caterer as long as they are licensed and completely portable, as they will not have access to our kitchen.

What vendors are we responsible for?

All clients must provide their own florist, decor, officiant, photographer/videographer, DJ/band, coordinator (optional), and dessert. LBMA has a preferred vendor list that can be sent over upon request. 

Can we bring outside vendors?

Outside vendors such as florists, musicians, coordinators, photographers, and dessert vendors are welcome. Rentals, as listed in our event brochures, will be provided through LBMA’s preferred rental vendor, Signature Party Rentals. 

What does LBMA include in its event packages?

We include rentals including tables, linens, chairs, glassware, dinnerware, silverware, lighting, a ceremony arbor, set-up and tear-down of rentals, a coordinating team for all planning meetings, and day-of assistance, catering and bar, and an unforgettable experience!

What is the parking situation? Is valet provided?

LBMA has a parking lot (West lot can be located on the map in the event packet).  With guest counts over 75, we require either valet, Uber/Lyft, hotel shuttle, or  another form of transportation. Contact information for valet can be found in your event packet.

Do I need to hire a coordinator?

LBMA events specialists will be here to guide you throughout the whole planning process—we will hold food tastings, logistics meetings, and be able to meet with any other outside vendors that will be involved for your special event. We recommend a personal wedding planner for your needs outside of the Museum, and we will work closely with them to make your day perfect!

How do I secure my date?

In order to book your wedding date, we require you to sign the contract and make the deposit for the reception site fee (amount varies, please refer to event packet) and a $1,000 security deposit.

Are rehearsals included?

The LBMA coordinating team will do a walk-through/rehearsal the week of your wedding. Rehearsals will be scheduled two months prior to your event.

Do I have to rent a dance floor?

You are welcome to rent a dance floor through our rental company, or simply use the beautiful brick on our patios for dancing! 

Is there anywhere to get ready?

LBMA offers two suites for couples to get ready and relax in before events.

What time can we get to the Museum?

The suites will be available at 2:00 pm on your wedding day. 

What time will vendors be able to arrive?

Photographers and videographers are welcome to join you on campus at 2:00 pm.  All other vendors are allowed on campus at 3:30 pm on the day of the event. 

Can I have a live band?

Yes! DJs and bands are welcome. 

Can I drop items off before our wedding date?

Absolutely. You’re welcome to start bringing smaller items the day before your event, as long as no other event is taking place. 

What is the event time frame?

Evening weddings are held from 5:30 – 10:00 pm, and 6:00 – 10:00 pm if the ceremony is held elsewhere. All other evening events are 6:00 – 10:00pm. 

What is the Logistics and Food Tasting meeting?

Our coordinating team will walk you through event layouts, timelines, and all other details of your event. You will also have the opportunity to taste different food and beverage options and curate your event menu.

Can I use candles or sparklers?

Sparklers and candles are allowed outdoors on our campus.

What if it rains?

We create a plan B option in the case of inclement weather. Your event will either be moved inside (depending on guest count) or will have a plan in place for a tent rental. 

What is the staffing fee?

Our staffing fee (based on guest count) accounts for the coordinating team, food tastings, and all staff required for set up, service, and clean up.

Is LBMA pet friendly?

We love all our furry friends! Dogs must be kept on leash and have a designated guardian.

Is the campus wheelchair accessible?

LBMA is wheelchair accessible. Our ramp is located near the Hartman Pavilion, on the corner of Ocean Blvd and 19th Place.

  • Submit an Inquiry

    Due to pre-booked events, there is limited availability through June 2023.

    Daytime events typically take place between 9am and 1pm, and evening events typically between 5:30 and 10pm subject to availability. LBMA does not host political or fundraising events, religious services and/or performances, or art displays not pre-approved by the Curatorial Department.

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