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Host an Event at the Zoo

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Host an Event at the Zoo

FONZ Memberships are transitioning to Smithsonian’s National Zoo Memberships!

You may have heard that FONZ will be leaving the Zoo — but the Zoo will be starting a new membership program, which will automatically include all current FONZ members. Until the Smithsonian's National Zoo Membership is up and running, you can continue to join or renew, knowing that your membership will smoothly transition to the new program.

Questions about your current membership? Check the Membership FAQs page. If you're not already a member, please consider joining today.

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is currently closed for event rentals in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Rental Spaces

Explore the Amazon while watching stingrays whirl around tree roots and huge Arapaima fish cruise through enormous, floor-to-ceiling fish tanks. Wander through a field station and feel the buzz at our Electric Fishes interactive exhibit. Stroll through the tropical rainforest, where your guests could see monkeys, a fun-to-spot sloth and indigenous Amazonian birds. 

Capacity: 50 - 100
Availability: Morning, Evening
Setting: Indoor
This elegant, airy gallery showcases the world of scientific research within Amazonia. Dinner is served among the beautiful exhibits highlighting Smithsonian success stories, including saving amphibians and preserving coral reefs. Combine the Amazonia Science Gallery with the Amazonia Habitat for a full rainforest experience!
Capacity: 100 - 200
Availability: Morning, Evening
Setting: Indoor

Travel through Asia at this magnificent covered, outdoor event site overlooking the giant panda yards and the outdoor elephant yard. Investigate the interactive stations located throughout the plaza and marvel at the regional photographs. Clint Fields Conservation Plaza is sure to leave a lasting impression! 

Capacity: 150 - 300
Availability: Morning, Evening
Setting: Outdoor

The brand-new Conservation Pavilion is an airy space with vaulted ceilings and large windows overlooking the lower end of the Zoo. Your guests will delight in this LEED Gold certified space, which features an outdoor plaza that can accommodate a tent, full A/V capabilities and climate control. Equipment rental can be customized for your event.

Capacity: 120 - 200
Availability: Morning, Daytime, Evening
Setting: Indoor, Outdoor

This spacious, LEED certified hall overlooks a huge elephant space where our herd mixes and mingles, while your guests do the same! Expand your event area by tenting the plaza in front of the historic building, which is surrounded by a curved bench, field stone and native grasses.

Capacity: 75 - 300
Availability: Morning, Evening
Setting: Indoor, Outdoor

Explore lion and tiger habitats in this outdoor exhibit. Stroll around Great Cats Circle while sipping a drink and exploring three interactive alcoves showcasing information about great cats. For more fun, add the Conservation Carousel to your event, so your guests can take a spin on their favorite Zoo animal.

Capacity: 1000 - 2000
Availability: Morning, Evening
Setting: Outdoor
Located in the heart of the Zoo, the Great Meadow is a prime location for your next picnic. Surrounded by animal houses and crossed by the O-Line, your guests will be amazed by orangutans swinging freely overhead at midday. This open, green space includes a wide brick patio as well as a grassy area for games.
Capacity: 180 - 360
Availability: Morning, Daytime, Evening
Setting: Outdoor
Located near the Zoo's Rock Creek Park entrance, this large green space is close to two popular animal exhibits: Great Cats and Kids' Farm. It has plenty of room for fun and games, and an existing band shell provides extra covered space. This is our largest picnic site and is perfect for big groups.
Capacity: 500 - 1000
Availability: Morning, Daytime, Evening
Setting: Outdoor

Exotic lizards, giant turtles and vibrant frogs are just a few of the creatures that will fascinate your guests as they explore this habitat. Learn all about reptile conservation with multimedia exhibits, or schedule a tortoise feeding to take place during your event!

Capacity: 75 - 200
Availability: Morning, Evening
Setting: Indoor
Home to a wide variety of species, the Small Mammal House always has a lot of activity happening! Where else in D.C. can you mingle with meerkats? Add a small mammal keeper talk and animal demonstration for an up-close encounter your guests will never forget.
Capacity: 100 - 200
Availability: Morning, Evening
Setting: Indoor
This historic house explores animal thinking, tool use and problem solving, with residents including orangutans, two species of monkeys, Norway rats and hermit crabs. Learn about the Zoo’s ongoing research study to monitor orangutan memory and decision making.
Capacity: 75 - 150
Availability: Morning, Evening
Setting: Indoor
The newly renovated Visitor Center Auditorium is the perfect spot for your next lecture series, presentation or business meeting. The Auditorium features cushioned seating, wonderful acoustics, a large viewing screen and adjustable lighting. Full audiovisual support is available.
Capacity: 280
Availability: Morning, Daytime, Evening
Setting: Indoor