Setting the Stage for Your Perfect Event

Conveniently located in Downtown Columbus, the Priscilla R. Tyson Cultural Arts Center is housed in one of the city’s most famous historic landmarks, provides a truly unique and lovely setting for weddings up to 150 guests. We are a premier multi-use visual arts center with a beautiful garden Courtyard and/or a large Main Gallery that can provide the perfect venue for a special summer wedding day. The Main Gallery and Courtyard are available for weddings on Saturdays only.

Making a Reservation

The information below will answer many of your questions about renting one or both of our spaces for a Wedding Reception, Ceremony, or Elopement. Stop by during our hours of operation to see for yourself. Better yet, schedule a private tour and get your questions answered by contacting:

Jackie Barr, Rental Coordinator, at 614-636-3ART(278) or
We offer tours by appointment weekdays between 5 and 7 p.m.



July 6th & Sepember 21st


Wedding Rental Pricing

Prices reflect a minimum 6-hour block of time unless otherwise noted. Additional hours and spaces are subject to additional fees.

2024 Rental Pricing:

  • Gallery Only: $1,470
  • Courtyard Only: $1,470
  • Gallery and Courtyard: $2,520
  • $200 per additional hour
  • Elopement in Gallery or Courtyard: $200/1 hour
  • $300 surcharge for holiday weekends: 2024; August 31st
  • Purchase of Event Liability Insurance is required for weddings

Lessees must read and sign the FCAC Rental Contract and pay the rental deposit in order to make a reservation. Prices, dates, and festival dates are subject to change. Please contact us to verify pricing, schedule, and available dates.

Photography courtesy of Adam Lowe


  • Main Gallery or Courtyard Ceremony
  • Maximum six (6) people; the couple, officiant, two (2) witnesses, and photographer.
  • Available during business hours on weekdays
  • 1-hour block of time
  • Fee: $200

Amenities & Equipment

Amenities include: one changing room, up to 100 modern black plastic chairs, a grand piano, TV to scroll images, WiFi, four 8′ utility tables, three easels, a PA system (announcements only).

You must obtain guest tables and chairs (if you prefer) from an outside vendor. You may rent tent(s) for the Courtyard from an outside vendor or through your caterer.


The activities you plan and the seating arrangement you select will determine the total number of people that can be accommodated. We suggest you work with your caterer/wedding planner to design a layout to ensure your needs are met.

Maximum Main Gallery capacity

  • Seated at tables: 150
  • Seated at chairs: 200

Maximum Courtyard capacity

  • Seated at tables: 120
  • Seated at chairs: 160



Catering, Setup & Teardown

If you are planning to serve food, you must hire a full-service caterer from the City’s Approved Beverage Contractor List.  The caterer must be in attendance for the total contracted hours and they are responsible for setup, food service, bartending, teardown, cleanup, and trash removal.


Approved Contractor List


All of our spaces at the Priscilla R. Tyson Cultural Arts Center are accessible, thanks to automatic doors, elevator, and ramps to all the side entrances.


Guests parking is off-site at on-street via app or kiosk or pay parking lots surrounding the Priscilla R. Tyson Cultural Arts Center.

Parking Information

Venue Reviews

“My husband and I just got married at the CAC this past weekend. The venue is stunning! Jackie, the rental coordinator, was always quick with responses and was instrumental in helping us have the day of our dreams. We were hoping to have the wedding outside, but Mother Nature decided that Plan B was the best, and no one even knew that it was supposed to be outside, because the inside was so beautiful. Everyone commented on how awesome the place was. The artwork that was on the wall was amazing! They support the local artists and the community! I can’t say enough about the amazing venue!”

“Dear Geoff and the CAC crew: Thank you for helping to make our wedding so special!”

“All our family and friends were extremely happy with the location, and all your staff was great! The artwork and decorations tied together nicely! Thanks again to all your staff and you.”

“The Columbus Cultural Arts Center is an absolutely beautiful space to have our wedding reception! The gallery has rotating art, and it was beautiful to have surrounding our guests. Jackie responded promptly to all our questions, and we liked having a list of approved catering vendors to work with as well.”

For more information on wedding rentals at the CAC, contact us now.