Hosting your unforgettable event


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The Rubell Museum is a contemporary art museum near downtown Miami that presents one of the world’s premier private collections of paintings, sculptures and photographs and has been located in Miami for nearly three decades. The museum’s newly opened building, designed by Annabelle Selldorf, has 52,000 square feet of exhibition galleries, a research library, a garden filled with plants native to South Florida, an event room– the East Wing, and a much lauded Basque restaurant, Leku. 

The museum and its multiple spaces are ideal for dinner receptions, weddings, galas, meetings, philanthropic programs, panel discussions and private parties. 




The museum has 36 galleries and its main room, Gallery 23, is an impressive 4,690 square feet, with beautiful, dimmable gallery lighting. 

Cocktail Reception - 250 Guests 

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With 3,494 square feet, Gallery 25 is also perfect for gatherings and ceremonies.

Cocktail Reception - 150 Guests   

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Contemporary art research library with 40,000 volumes. The library is a unique space for meetings and presentations

Cocktail Reception - 30 guests





The garden is beautifully landscaped with native Florida plants and makes for picture perfect cocktail receptions, dinner parties, brunches, and private affairs. Featuring landscape lighting and sound system, lounge furniture and built in bar.

Cocktail Reception - 100 guests    |    Seated - 60 guests


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The East Wing was designed as a dedicated event space. The spacious foyer entrance leads into a magnificent, 7,300 sq. ft. open space with endless and diverse possibilities. Superb for conferences, cocktail receptions, seated dinners, weddings, convention groups, fashion shows, philanthropic events and galas. Features include a private green room, the option for video mapping, loading zones, rolling door access, private restrooms and Wi-Fi.

Cocktail reception - 400 guests    |    Seated dinner - 350 guests

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Celebrate amongst family, friends and the country’s premier collection of contemporary art. 




Le Basque is the trusted events partner for the RUBELL MUSEUM

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With over twenty-five years of experience in the miami area planning and producing some of the most iconic events, Le Basque will tailor your event to one of the museum’s unique spaces. A dynamic team of event professionals will see you through the planning process and ensure that your event flows seamlessly. Well known for curating experiences that are remembered for their style, décor and attention to detail, the events team will provide innovative ideas for all your event needs.

Le Basque and its team of highly skilled international chefs have earned an impeccable reputation of culinary excellence. Sophisticated dinners, contemporary cocktails, and simple or elaborate menus are all fully adaptable to individual tastes. 

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Le Basque is the trusted events partner for the RUBELL MUSEUM

The Rubell Museum and Le Basque are also pleased to partner with Leku, the musuem’s restaurant that adjoins the museum’s central garden. Leku, which means “gathering place” in Basque, was founded by veteran restauranteur Andreas Schreiner, Alejandro Muguerza of Le Basque catering and Terry Zarikian of the New York and South Beach Wine & Food Festivals. These partners have worked with executive chef Mikel Goikolea, formerly of Spain’s Azurmendi Prêt à Porter, and chef de cuisine Aitor Garate Berazaluze, formerly of Spain’s Asador Etxebarri, to create an exquisite dining experience. Leku’s menu can be viewed here. For events with less than 120 guests there is an option to buyout the restaurant and create a highly exclusive experience. 

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  1. How do I arrange a site visit?
    Our preferred hours for site visits are Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In some instances, we can accommodate site visits on Monday and Tuesday. Please contact Ashley to arrange a site visit, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  1. Are we able to place a hold on dates? If so, for how long can the date be held?
    Yes, dates can be held for a period of two weeks. After two weeks the hold will automatically expire. 
  1. When is a deposit due?
    A $5,000 non-refundable deposit is due upon contract signing.



  1. Does the museum have an exclusivity arrangement with a catering company?
    Yes. In order to assure that the museum and its guests are well taken care of we are proud to partner with Le Basque Catering as our sole, exclusive caterer. Established in South Florida in 1995 Le Basque has become the premier caterer for weddings, charitable galas, corporate events, milestone celebrations and social functions.
  1. Why Le Basque?
    Le Basque is a full-service catering and event design company, celebrated for curating contemporary or traditional style events distinguished by their elegance.
  1. What is Le Basque’s catering price per person?
    Le Basque’s pricing begins at $250 per person. This includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, three courses and rentals such as chairs, tables, linens, glassware and dishes.
  1. Who do I contact at Le Basque for a quote?
    Please contact Michael Bressi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  1. Is Le Basque a kosher caterer?
    No, they are not. Le Basque can provide kosher style catering but they cannot provide glatt kosher.  If you are requiring kosher catering than the kosher caterer of your choosing must contact Le Basque and coordinate the catering with them.
  1. Are food and beverages allowed inside the museum’s galleries?
    Yes, with restrictions. Small bites and beverages are allowed inside the museum during cocktail hour. No red wine is allowed inside the museum. Sit down meals and buffet style dining can take place in the East Wing.



  1. Can the Museum’s restaurant, Leku, cater my event?
    Yes, if your guest count is 120 or less, then your guests can opt to dine at Leku restaurant. However, Leku does not cater inside the museum or East Wing. In order to utilize the restaurant for your event you must buyout the restaurant in full for the entirety of the evening. That is, Leku will close to the public and only your guests will be allowed to dine there. More information on Leku can be found here.
  1. What is Leku’s buyout cost?
    Please contact Mary Germanio at Leku for pricing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  1. If I do not choose to buy out Leku, will Leku be open to the public during my event?
    Yes, they remain open to the public during events. The museum layout allows for events to take place without disruption from the restaurant.
  1. Can I buy out Leku restaurant and have them close entirely during my event even if they are not catering my event?
    Yes, please contact Mary Germanio at Leku for pricing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  1. How is the museum typically used for weddings?
    Ceremonies and cocktails can be held in the garden (75 guests or less), museum (up to 300 guests) or East Wing (up to 400 guests). Dinner and dancing can take place in the East Wing.
  1. Can the ceremony take place in the museum’s art-filled galleries?
    Yes, it can.
  1. Is there a green room available for use during the event?
    Yes, if arranged contractually a green room with private restrooms can be made available.
  1. Do you have wedding packages?
    No, we do not have wedding packages.



  1. Is it possible to have docents tour the event guests around the museum?
    Yes, the museum can arrange docents for the event who can tour groups. There is an additional charge of $75 per hour per docent.



  1. Can a vehicle be displayed inside the museum, garden and event space?
    Yes, vehicles can be placed inside the museum’s galleries, garden and East Wing event space.



  1. Can I use my own event planner?
    Yes, you are welcome to use your own event planner.  Le Basque can also provide event-planning services, please contact Michael Bressi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  1. Is parking and valet available?
    On-street parking is very limited. We recommend using valet, please contact Eddie at MAC parking to arrange valet, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  1. Can I use my own audiovisual company?
    Yes, you can. We can also recommend audiovisual companies.
  1. Should I rent a generator to power the event?
    Yes. If you are having a significant audiovisual installation at your event you should rent a generator.
  1. Is there event style lighting already installed in the Museum’s East Wing event room?
    Yes, the lighting and fabric design company, JM Light and Fabric, has permanently installed basic wall wash lights on the ceiling of the event room. These lights are capable of producing any color. JM Light and Fabric has also installed 4 rotating lights used for illuminating dance floors and 74 pin spot lights used to illuminate tables, floral displays, etc. If you would like to use these lights there is fee of $3,750. This fee will include a lighting engineer. Lighting companies other than JM Light and Fabric are not permitted to use these lights. Jose at JM Light and Fabric can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  1. Will the museum be open to the public during my event? Is there an extra charge to close the museum early?
    This depends on the timing of your event. We are able to close the museum early to accommodate events if this is arranged prior and contractually.
  1. Is there handicap access?
    Yes, the entire museum is handicap accessible.
  1. What time can we begin to set up and what time does my event need to end?
    Set up time begins on the scale and scope of the event and must be arranged contractually. At times, it may be possible to set up the day prior to your event at an additionally cost.
  1. How late can events run and how late can we have amplified music at the venue?
    Events and music must end at 1 a.m. For a fee of $2,000 per hour, events and music can be extended past 1 a.m.
  1. Are there restrictions on noise?
    Fortunately, the museum is not located near private residences; however, Event Organizers must comply with all city and county noise ordinances.
  1. What is included in the venue rental fee?
    Venue rental includes use of the venue and security inside the museum’s galleries.
  1. Are any rentals such as tables and chairs included in the venue rental fee?
    No rentals are included in the venue rental fee.
  1. Does the museum have tables and chairs we can rent?
    No, we do not. 
  1. Are there any additional venue related charges?
    6.5% sales tax is added to the rental fee. Overtime use of the facility is assessed and charged during the event. Larger events may require additional security.
  1. Are there discounts for events taking place on days other than Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday?
    A venue rental discount of 15 percent can be extended for events taking place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with the exception of events taking place on holidays and during the week of Art Basel Miami Beach.
  1. Do you offer seasonal discounts?
    Yes, a discount of 15% is extended to all events taking place from August 1st to October 1st.



  1. Are candles permitted in the museum or East Wing?
    No, only electric candles may be used.
  1. Is dancing allowed inside the museum’s galleries?
    No, dancing is not allowed inside the museum’s galleries. Dancing is only allowed inside the East Wing event space.
  1. Is red wine allowed inside the museum’s galleries?
    No, in order to protect the artwork red wine cannot be served inside the museum’s galleries. It can be served in the East Wing event space.
  1. Can we bring and exhibit artwork for our event?
    No, you may not bring and exhibit artwork during your event.
  1. Is smoking permitted?
    Smoking and vape pens are only permitted outside.
  1. Do I need additional security for large events?
    A City of Miami Officer must be hired by the Event Organizer for events exceeding 250 guests.
  1. Is photography with the museum’s artwork permitted?
    Yes, guests may take photos inside the galleries if the photos are for personal use only.
  1. Does the museum and East Wing have wi-fi?
    Yes, it does. It is up to the Event Organizer to determine if the wi-fi is sufficient for their needs.



  1. Who is responsible for cleaning the venue after the Event?
    The Event Organizer must leave the venue in the condition it was found prior to the event and is responsible for contracting with production and catering partners for taking away all event rentals and garbage.  
  1. Are bathroom attendants included in the venue fee?
    No, they are not. The museum can arrange for a bathroom attendant at a rate of $40 per hour.



For more information
please contact us at
305 573 6090
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