State House event locations

Learn about the different spaces available for holding events in the State House. Find out room capacities, amenities, and policies.

Grand Staircase

View of Grand Staircase

The open floor plan of the Grand Staircase provides a lovely backdrop for any event. This space holds 100 seated guests or 250 standing guests.

Great Hall

The Great Hall in the Masschusetts State House

This large spacious room can be configured for any event. The glass ceiling provides wonderful natural light and the walls are decorated with flags of the cities and towns of Massachusetts. The room has Italian marble floors and Italian marble wainscoting with exposed yellow brick.

The Great Hall also has a fully functional catering kitchen. This space holds 240 seated guests or 400 standing guests.

Nurses Hall

View of Nurses Hall showing Civil War Nurses Statue

This space was built largely of Pavonazzo marble and named for the Army War Nurse sculptured in 1914 by Bela Pratt. The Nurses Hall holds 50 seated guests or 100 standing guests.

4th floor temporary art exhibits

We display temporary art exhibits on the fourth floor outside the House Gallery. Doric Hall is no longer available for art exhibits.

Exhibits are limited to one week in duration. You must hang all displayed artwork on the display boards. Easels, tables and standalone displays are not permitted in the area. Price tags, order forms or other similar information is not allowed to be displayed. Receptions or events related to exhibits should be held in one of the second floor event spaces and not in the fourth floor exhibit area. There is no charge to hold an exhibit but we do charge a room fee for events held on the second floor.

You are responsible for hanging your own artwork. Acceptable methods of hanging artwork include:

  • Picture rail hangers
  • Molding hooks with cables
  • Velcro for lighter pieces

We can provide a limited number of hangers and s-hooks. You are not allowed to use:

  • Tacks
  • Staples
  • Pushpins or similar hardware

There are 24 panels available to hang artwork - each panel measures 38.5" wide and 6' tall. The display boards should not be moved or dismantled.

Reserve the 4th floor exhibit space by filling out an event application.

View of artwork on display boards in fourth floor gallery area


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