There’s something about an art museum after hours. I don’t know about you, but it always makes me think of that children’s classic, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. You know, the one about the kids from Connecticut who run away to the city and move into the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they hide in the bathroom stalls at closing time to avoid getting caught by the staff, live off coins that tourists throw into the fountain, and — best of all — solve mysteries.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a 1960s runaway to have an art museum all to yourself! A lot of museums make their space available for special events outside of their regular hours. ShareMySpace helps connect people all over the country with these wonderful spaces — check out the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, or our highlight of the day, the Fitchburg Art Museum (located in — you guessed it — Fitchburg, MA).
Founded in 1929 by the artist Eleanor Norcross, the museum offers two historic buildings for rental. The Simonds Building is two floors featuring six galleries and a large lobby area, as well as access to a kitchen and courtyard. Patrons can host a wedding, elegant party, or corporate event surrounded by ancient artifacts of Asia, America, and the Greco-Roman world. The Merriam Parkway Building, the museum’s original home, is built in French Provincial style and also offers access to two floors of space. The museum can accommodate up to 300 guests per event.
We just love this space. There’s nothing like being surrounded by works of art if you want to lend your event an air of timeless elegance. We can envision a gorgeous wedding here, or a truly classy celebration of any important milestone. Perhaps an awards banquet?
Flip through the pretty pictures, and imagine that childhood dream…brought to life.