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Event Rentals

A celebrated space for remarkable events.

UMMA is a 93,000 square-foot facility located at the center of the iconic University of Michigan campus. UMMA features some of the most beautiful event spaces in Ann Arbor for catered receptions, wedding ceremonies, student events, corporate events, and more. There are several unique spaces available and exclusive access to the Museum’s galleries can also be arranged for your guests.


Availability is Limited

It is recommended that you start the reservation process at least 90 days in advance for smaller meetings and 9–12 months in advance or more for weddings and larger celebrations.

About UMMA Event Rentals

Who can reserve?

UMMA can be rented by anyone! Students, U-M Staff and Faculty, Organizations, Companies, and the General Public are all welcome to host their event at UMMA.

What does it cost?

The cost depends on the space, length of rental, security needs, and other factors. We’ll share estimates with you after you submit a request.

Is alcohol allowed?

Per rules set by State of Michigan’s Liquor Control Commission, we can only allow beer and wine at select events.

What about catering?

All catered events must be catered using a vendor from UMMA’s list of Approved Caterers.

UMMA’s galleries displaying hundreds of pieces of art may be open for all or part of your after-hours event. Additional costs may apply for security.

Event Types

Weddings &

Host your wedding in UMMA’s one-of-a-kind Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Apse. Surrounded by beautiful architecture, inspiring contemporary art, and the people who mean the most to you, UMMA’s iconic main gallery is the perfect venue to make lasting memories. The space can accommodate 275 guests for dinner and up to 500 for a reception.


UMMA’s grand architecture and variety of functional, yet eye-catching spaces provide the perfect setting for corporate events. UMMA has reception and dinner spaces as well as meeting rooms and an Auditorium available to meet your corporate event needs. Please visit the Event Spaces section to find out more about our variety of event locations.

a woman speaks to a crowd from a stage
photo by UMMA Staff

Dinners, & Other

UMMA has event spaces to host dinners for 10 to 275 people and receptions for up to 500 people. Please visit the Event Spaces section to learn more about our variety of event locations.


The Multi-Purpose Room is a crisp, contemporary space great for department or cross-department meetings. Housed in the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing, the Multi-Purpose Room has tables and chairs that can be arranged in multiple configurations, and comes with a mobile, Zoom-enabled monitor and media cart.

a woman stands at a podium next to a large projection screen
Photo by Mark Gjukich

Lectures &

If you are looking for a facility to hold a lecture, symposium, or film screening, the Helmut Stern Auditorium can accommodate 185 guests. Technical support must be provided by LSA Technology Services for an additional charge.

Spaces at UMMA

Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch Apse

The elegant sophistication of the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Apse makes it an ideal location for dancing, dinner, or a large reception. Housed in the Alumni Memorial Hall section of the building, guests are greeted by luxurious marble floors, a soaring 40-foot skylight, and works of art from our permanent collection. The Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Apse can accommodate 275 guests for seated dinners and up to 500 for standing receptions.

Guest Limits:

  • 275 for seated dinners
  • 500 for standing receptions

Available for rental:

  • Tuesday–Sunday: after 5:30 pm through midnight
  • Monday: 8:00 am through midnight

Helmut Stern Auditorium

Looking for a facility to hold a performance, lecture, or symposium? UMMA’s Helmut Stern Auditorium is both comfortable and beautiful. Technical support must be provided by LSA Technical Support. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium. Events in this space must be free to all attendees.

Guest Limits:

  • 185 seats

Available for rental:

  • Monday–Friday: 5:30 pm through midnight (earlier availability may be possible due to class schedules)
  • Saturday–Sunday: 8:00 am through 10 pm
  • Rental of this space requires A/V support from LSA-ISS with additional charges.


For smaller groups, UMMA’s Classroom is great for small lectures, forums, or meetings. The room comes equipped with A/V capabilities, moveable tables and chairs, and a whiteboard.

Guest Limits:

  • 30 seat capacity

Available for rental:

  • Monday–Thursday: 5:30 pm through midnight
  • Friday–Sunday: 8:00 am through 10 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am through midnight

The Multi-Purpose Room

Choose the contemporary Multi-Purpose Room for private meetings or intimate functions. The Room can accommodate as many as 60 guests for meetings or seated dinners. It comes equipped with moveable tables and chairs, podium, and Zoom-enabled monitor with HDMI connection.

Guest Limits:

  • 60 seat capacity

Available for rental:

  • Daily: 8:00 am through midnight


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