Private Events


Exceptional settings can set the stage for some of the most memorable events. With three diverse events spaces, a location in the vibrant heart of downtown Bellevue, and a backdrop of breathtaking architecture and engaging exhibits, Bellevue Arts Museum is a venue unlike any other and the ideal scene for a truly unforgettable occasion.

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Extraordinary Occasion in an Ideal Locale

Set amid the metropolitan energy of downtown Bellevue, BAM's convenient location makes it an ideal choice for events throughout the year. Within walking distance of our doors your guests will encounter top-rated restaurants, world-class shopping opportunities, and a number of luxurious hotels. Nearby access to three major highways and mass transit options ensures that Bellevue Arts Museum can be easily reached from both Seattle and the greater Eastside.



Are you planning a special event?




Natalie Hall, Private Events Manager
[email protected]

phone: 425.519.0770
fax: 425.637.1799

Event Spaces

Event Spaces

Bellevue Arts Museum's three event spaces are perfect for a versatile range of events, from sun-kissed rooftop cocktail parties in our Court of Light and intimate meetings in our fully equipped Auditorium to elegant seated dinners in the ethereal atmosphere of the Museum Forum.

The Forum

Museum Forum

The Museum's first floor lobby is an ideal space for receptions and seated affairs. Adorned with carefully chosen works of art, craft and design, the Forum offers an exceptional space for dining and entertainment. Forum facility use includes group admission to BAM's galleries.



Court of Light

Court of Light Private Events

The Court of Light is a large, outdoor veranda located off of the third floor of the Museum, idyllic for sun-kissed rooftop cocktail parties and starlit celebrations. Court of Light facility use includes group admission to BAM's galleries.





The Auditorium is available for meeting-style functions, presentations and intimate gatherings. Outfitted with comfortable chairs and tables, this space is fully equipped to meet audio/visual needs and includes group admission to BAM's galleries during Museum hours.




Where can guests park for the event?

Bellevue Arts Museum has a complimentary underground parking garage that holds up to 68 parking spaces, including four designated disabled spots. The garage entrance is located adjacent to the Museum and can be entered when heading north on Bellevue Way NE. Additional public lots can be found in the area surrounding the Museum. 

Can guests attending a private event view the galleries?

Forum and Court of Light facility-use fees include group admission to the Museum galleries. We encourage all guests to view the exhibitions. Food and beverages are not allowed in the galleries.

During Museum hours, Auditorium facility use includes group admission to the Museum galleries. Auditorium facility use outside Museum hours does not include admission to the Museum galleries. Please speak with the Special Events Manager to reserve admission passes for your guests at group rates.


What exhibition and art will be on display when I have my event?

Exhibitions at Bellevue Arts Museum change frequently. We cannot guarantee that art will not change between time of booking and the event. Please speak with the Special Events Manager about which exhibitions will be on display.

Upcoming exhibition information


What happens if I have to cancel my event?

Depending how close to the event the cancellation is made, a different amount can be returned. In the event that the Facility User cancels the event over 12 weeks before the event, 75% of the invoice total will be returned. If the Facility User cancels the event within 12 weeks of the scheduled date but before 4 weeks of the scheduled event date, 50% of the costs will be charged. If the Facility User cancels the event within 4 weeks of the scheduled date, full charges will be assessed.

Due to changing COVID-19 safety restrictions, we are not charging for moving dates and are happy to work with you to find a time that works.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing. Cancellations due to weather are non-refundable


Can I use a different caterer than one that is listed on your exclusive catering list?

All food and beverage service, including alcohol, must be provided and served only through one of the Museum's Exclusive Caterers. Outside food or catering is not permitted.


What kind of decorations can I have at my event?

All decorations, signage and art projects must be approved by the Special Events Manager two weeks in advance from the date of the event. Glitter and/or helium balloons are not permitted. All candles must be placed in votives or vases. Open flames are prohibited.


Is there a place for guests to smoke during the event?

Bellevue Arts Museum is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the Museum. Guests wishing to smoke may do so on the northeast side of the building where ashtrays are located.


Can guests take pictures or record videos of the art?

Photography and videography for personal, non-commercial use are allowed in the Museum Forum (1st floor) and the Court of Light (3rd floor).

Photography and videography are not permitted in the 2nd and 3rd floor galleries due to restrictions in lender agreements.

To request the use of images for commercial and/or publicity purposes, please email Megan Gallagher, Communications Coordinator, at [email protected] with a copy of the image, what it will be used for and how Bellevue Arts Museum will be credited.


When using the Museum what equipment is included?

Depending on which facility-use package you select, Bellevue Arts Museum has the following equipment available:

Museum Equipment
200 – Black museum chairs
79 – Black Auditorium chairs
12 – 6’ tables
12 – 6’ table linens (black)
12 – Bistro tables
12 – Bistro table linens (black)
15 – 72” round tables (seat 10)
15 – 72” round table linens (black)

Forum or Other Public Areas
Hand-held or standing microphone
Loudspeaker with stand
VHS Player
32” TV receiver on video cart

Auditorium Equipment
Projection screen
Podium with preview monitor & remote controls
Wireless microphone
CD/Cassette player
Optical overhead projector
2 - 35mm slide projectors
Apple and PC laptop hook-up