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Frequently Asked Questions - Wedding & Private

How can we see the rental spaces?

Site visits can be scheduled with the Facility Rental Manager Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Please reach out via email at to set up an appointment. If you prefer to come by on your own, tickets can be arranged,  the museum is open Tuesday–Sunday from 9:30 am–5:15 pm and closed on Mondays. Please keep in mind the Café closes early at 4:30 pm.  

How can we check availability or place a hold on a potential date?

Please email the Facility Rental Manager at to check date availability. If a date is open, you may place a tentative hold on the date. Holds are valid for 30 days.

What if there is a hold on the date we want?

We allow two holds for any given date. If you are interested in a date with one tentative hold, you can be placed as the second hold. If you are interested in a date that has two tentative holds, you must challenge the holding parties in order to secure your date.

How do we challenge a hold?

In order to challenge a hold, you must sign the challenge waiver and submit a payment of 50% of your estimated rental fees. Once this has been received by the Facility Rental Manager, the holding party(ies) will have 48 hours to book the space or lose their hold. By challenging a hold, you are committing to going to contract for that specific date and deposits are non-refundable.

What if our hold is challenged by another party?

If your hold is challenged, the Facility Rental Manager will give you notice via email that your date has been challenged. You can release your hold or, to book your date, you will be required to go to contract and submit a 50% rental deposit within 48 hours.

What is the earliest event start time for an event at the Legion of Honor?

In general, the Legion is available for events beginning each evening at 6:30 pm. On Mondays, events may start earlier as the museum is closed and there is more flexibility with start time and set up. If you are looking to host a daytime event, not on a Monday our sister museum the de Young Museum has daytime rental spaces available.

What is the latest time an event can run?

The latest an event can run is 1 am.

How early can the caterer, florist, or other vendor access the museum for set-up?

Set-up of event space can generally begin at 5:30 pm. There is some flexibility with the load in and out times for events. In general, caterers have access to the catering prep area beginning at 2 pm on the day of your event. There are staging areas available around 4 pm. Please contact the Facility Rental Manager for more information.

What if our guests arrive early?

Please reach out to the Facility Rentals Manager to discuss the specifics, but generally, the museum doors open to guests at the contracted event start time.

Can we rent any spaces for less than four hours?

All rental fees are based on a four-hour event that includes load-in and load-out. 

What is the museum’s shipping and receiving policy?

The museum doesn’t accept any deliveries or shipments, but the Facility Rentals Manager can help you find the best way to get items into the space. All materials will generally be brought on-site by your vendors or staff. All event equipment/supplies should be brought into the museum via the loading dock. Generally, items are removed during the two hours after the event’s end time.

Is the Legion available for daytime events?

At this time, the Gunn Theater is available for daytime events. Other event spaces are available on Mondays, as the museum is closed and there is more flexibility with start time and set up. If you are looking to host a daytime, not on a Monday our sister museum the de Young Museum has daytime rental spaces available.

What is the policy for using outside caterers at the Legion?

All caterers listed on the Legion of Honor’s Approved Catering list are permitted to cater on-site at the museum.No caterers other than those listed on the approved list are permitted to cater in the Legion of Honor.

What are the restrictions with regard to decoration, music, and entertainment at the Legion? 

Due to our art collections, there are some restrictions on decor in the building. Our comprehensive policies and procedures will be included with your contract. You can request an electronic version prior to contract by emailing the Facility Rental Manager.

Does the museum provide any event supplies?

No, the museum doesn’t provide any equipment for events.

Does the rental fee include food, beverage, or staff?

The rental fees listed include museum staff, such as an engineer, some custodial services, a museum representative, and security. No food, beverage, or service staff is included in rental fees.

May I use the Legion of Honor for fundraising, religious, political, gambling event, or events for guests under 21?

None of the above are permitted at the Legion of Honor.

Is the California Palace of the Legion of Honor and the Palace of Fine Arts the same building?

No. The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is the Legion of Honor Museum ("the Legion") and is located in Lincoln Park at 34th Avenue and Clement Street. The Legion is a part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The Palace of Fine Arts is located in the Marina District, at Marina Boulevard and Lyon Street. To obtain a permit for a wedding ceremony at the Palace Rotunda, contact the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department at 415.831.5500,

Does the Museum provide a Wedding Coordinator or Planner?

No. A museum liaison will be present on the day of your wedding, though they are not available to act as your wedding coordinator. We are happy to send you a list of wedding planners for your event.

What area is available for a ceremony in case of rain?

If you have scheduled a Court of Honor Ceremony and it is raining the day of your event, you may hold your ceremony in the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater at no additional fee. If you have scheduled a balustrade lawn ceremony and it is raining the day of your event, you may hold your ceremony in the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater, please inquire regarding the additional cost.

Am I able to hold an event in the Court of Honor?

Yes, to rent the Court of Honor for your event a full tent is required. Please email the facility rental manager at for more information and to check date availability.