"The museum was just perfect and so beautiful for the wedding reception. I could not have asked for a better experience with the event planning and catering! We will definitely plan another event at the museum!"

Mother of the Bride

"The whole place is stunning, but the Rotunda is a showstopper! The wedding cake under a Chihuly chandelier is the first thing you see when you enter the museum. It is magical at night and you can get the best "dip and kiss" picture with the fountain out front. Best classy venue in Auburn."

Wedding Photographer

"Our wedding day was a dream from start to finish at JCSM. From the ambiance to the incredibly talented and kind staff, my husband and I could not have been happier about choosing JCSM as the venue for our ceremony and reception."


"I cannot say enough wonderful things about the wedding reception for my daughter. It was perfect in every way. Professional, easy to work with, beautiful, flexible, considerate, generous, the list of positive adjectives could go on forever. At the end of the evening my daughter said to me, "It was everything I had ever hoped for." Enough said. Thank you!

Mother of the Bride

Jule Collins Smiths Museum of Fine Art offers individuals, businesses and corporations an elegant environment to host weddings, events, presentations, performances, or meetings. Our refined interior spaces and beautiful gardens serve as the perfect wedding and reception venue; our museum café can be transformed into a beautiful rehearsal dinner space, and our state–of- the- art auditorium can be used to host your next meeting or performance. Whether it is a seminar, wedding ceremony and reception, rehearsal dinner, anniversary, graduation, birthday party, or recital, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is sure to have the space you need to impress your guests.

Included in your rental fee, JCSM provides 150 white wooden folding chairs, round and rectangle dining tables, glass-top cocktail tables, silverware, white china, glassware, two 48” cake tables, and wooden bars with bar backs. The JCSM Event Team will happily set up and clean up all equipment provided by JCSM at no additional fee.

We would be honored to help you host your special event! Please contact Lauren Horton at laurenhorton@auburn.edu or 334.844.3488 for further details about your private event rental at JCSM.

Photo at top of page provided by: Don Mears Photography


The Susan Phillips Gardens are a lovely, natural setting for your event. The Reflecting Pool containing the Spinoff sculpture by Jean Woodham that runs through the center of the garden provides a setting of style and elegance to your event. On either side of the lighted Reflecting Pool are meditation fountains and abundant gardens. The moving sculpture Corona, by Lin Emery is also a beautiful accent piece to the experience.

Grand Gallery

As our most popular space for events, the Grand Gallery is the perfect way to add an artistic touch to your gathering. The Grand Gallery seats 140 guests and provides room for 400 to stand. It is the ideal space to host a seated dinner or a cocktail reception.


The terrace provides an open-air venue to host your event. Overlooking the lake and beautiful landscaping, the terrace is surrounded by flowers and has an elegant lit fountain. The terrace is perfect for luncheons, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and socials.

Museum Café

Our stylish café, which overlooks the lake, is a beautiful place for a small reception, meeting, or luncheon. The café has ceiling-to-floor windows which provide a perfect view of the museum landscape. Seating 50 with standing room for 75, the café is available 3 pm- 11 pm at a rate of $300 per hour. Events after 5 pm must pay a security fee.

Carlisle Lobby/Rotunda

The elegant travertine marble floors of the lobby and rotunda provide a beautiful setting for special events. Also adding to the experience is the unique Amber Luster Chandelier by Dale Chihuly that hovers from the high ceilings of the rotunda. The ceiling-to-floor windows give a spectacular view of the terrace and lake.  The spacious lobby and rotunda give enough standing room for 125 guests.


The auditorium, which seats 127, is ready to host your next meeting, performance, or presentation with ease. It has state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment to satisfy your every need. These technologies include a 12×16 foot projection screen and an LCD projector, capabilities to play DVDs or VHS tapes, a computer to show PowerPoint presentations or videos, and abilities to show sporting events or TV shows from basic cable. The auditorium is available 8 am-11 pm at a rate of $300 per hour. Events after 5 pm must pay a security fee.


Ursula’s Catering is the museum’s exclusive caterer for all events. Jenni and her staff will work with you to tailor fit a menu for you and your guests. With more than 30 years experience in the catering and restaurant industry you are sure to be pleased. Please contact Jenni at 334.821.9921 or jsteed@ursulascatering.com to discuss your food, beverage, cake and equipment rental needs.

Services (additional fees may apply)

A/V Technician
Coat Check
Museum Shop