On a hilltop overlooking Washington, Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldier’s Home can be rented and tented for special events accommodating up to 250 guests. This 1842 Gothic Revival–style home was used by the Lincoln family as a summer retreat during the Civil War years. The property also includes the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, a 1905 Beaux Arts–style building, and lushly landscaped grounds.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts in downtown Washington houses some of the world's most important works of art by women. Event spaces include the Third Floor Gallery, which can be used for small, seated dinners or cocktail receptions, and the Performance Hall, hosting 200 guests for presentations and lectures. The Great Hall and Mezzanine feature works from the museum's permanent collection and can host up to 1,000 for receptions.
The national landmark Library of Congress does not allow private or fundraising events but hosts more than 500 nonprofit, corporate, Congressional, and Library-sponsored events a year. The Italian Renaissance-style Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building features marble staircases, painted wall murals, and a stained-glass ceiling. The space can accommodate 450 guests for seated dinners and 1,200 for receptions. Spaces in the James Madison Building include the Montpelier Room with seating for 250.