9 Meeting Venues within 1 Block of The Moscone Center

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9 Meeting Venues within 1 Block of The Moscone Center

When it comes to hosting large-scale, transformative events, the Bay Area's preeminent technology companies are at the apex of innovation. That’s why hosting your event within a block of The Moscone Center — the largest convention and exhibition center in all of San Francisco and home to the 23rd edition of NFL Experience, Salesforce's four-day Dreamforce conference and the likes of Oracle and Facebook — will give attendees direct access to world-class technology, ideas and meeting space.

There is a huge variety of unique and culturally-rich meeting spaces to choose from, ensuring you have the venue you want within walking distance for your attendees. Here are nine venues just a block from The Moscone Center sure to inspire.

American Bookbinders Museum (355 Clementina St.)
The American Bookbinders Museum’s gallery features 2,600 square feet of space. It can host a banquet that seats 60 people, a theater that seats 80 and a reception for 112 people. Housed in a modern industrial building that features plenty of natural light, this venue provides on-site catering, event support and even complimentary Wi-Fi access. The museum itself celebrates the historic craft of bookbinding and the culture behind it, providing a dramatic backdrop for corporate and social events.

California Historical Society (678 Mission St.)
Nestled in the Yerba Buena arts district, the California’s Historical Society was first founded in 1871 and after moving several times now resides in the former San Francisco Builders Exchange and Nancy Pelosi's first campaign headquarters. An intimate and historically-rich space, the building is draped in Sherwin Williams' International Orange, the color of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge - and it's perfect for receptions, office gatherings, parties and even fashion shows. In a theater configuration, you can host 120 attendees, and for reception events, you can fit up to 140. Events feature a backdrop of rotating exhibits that are designed to celebrate California’s richly diverse past through art, photography and storytelling - and cement your event as a part of history.

Yerba Buena Gardens (750 Howard St.)
The cultural heart of San Francisco, Yerba Buena Gardens, is one of the premier event spaces in the city and has commonly been the activation area for picnics and lunchtime affairs with conglomerates such as Oracle and Salesforce. The stunning gardens offer indoor-outdoor, mixed-use space, and can accommodate guests in a 10,000-seat theater to a splendid outdoor Children’s Garden that can host a 500-seat banquet. Yerba Buena Gardens draws together a variety of cultural features and world-class technology, including museums and a historic carousel, which all explains why this award-winning public facility is such a vital part of the San Francisco community.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission St.)
 YBCA, one of the world's most innovative contemporary art centers, has hosted everything from major tech product launches, to multi-day conferences, and intimate parties. Their gallery building includes soaring public rooms and a multi-use space accommodating 500 in theater style seats or 450 banquet style and a screening room that seats 94. For larger events that wish to rent out the entire building, 2,500 is the maximum occupancy. Other YBCA spaces include the east garden and a world-class theater accommodating 757 people, all of which offer state-of-the-art technology and flexible features to accommodate special events of all kinds.

Contemporary Jewish Museum (736 Mission St.)
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, a stunning modern landmark, offers exhibitions, art and culture from a contemporary perspective that celebrates the diversity of the San Francisco community. Offering four different venue settings, when combined make for an intimate yet expansive event, this museum is highly coveted for wedding receptions, corporate cocktail parties, elegant galas, film screenings with the latest technology, presentations and special performances. The Koret Taube Grand Lobby is the largest space, and can host 1,000 people. The smaller Sala Webb Education Center offers intimate educational events for up to 100 guests.

SFMOMA (151 Third St.)
The new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), among the premier contemporary art museums in the world, offers the remodeled 278-seat Phyllis Wattis Theater with cutting-edge audio and projection equipment ideal for presentations, screenings and live performances. This light-filled, multi-level venue experience offers up to six different venues, ranging from 50-650 guests, both indoor and outdoor, including the 135-foot tall Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium (accommodating 450 guests) featuring a sweeping new staircase and flanked marble columns, a breathtaking cathedral ceiling and an open-air sculpture garden. In a banquet configuration in Schwab Hall, you can expect to seat up to 450 guests, while a standing-only reception configuration will allow for 650 attendees or more with combined spaces for larger groups.

MoAD (685 Mission St.)
The Museum of the African Diaspora stands as testament to the artistic and cultural achievements of the African diaspora. The MoAD salon, located in the museum, offers a personal and warm space that is great for live music, corporate presentations or refined galas. Guests will love the fact that they can wander the museum, taking in art and exhibits that make this a not-to-miss cultural venue in San Francisco. The MoAD reception area can host up to 160 people, while the theater and banquet space hold between 65 and 80 guests.

Children’s Creativity Museum (221 Fourth St.)
The energy and vibrancy of the Children’s Creativity Museum translates directly into its four different venue spaces, allowing you to host both indoor and outdoor events. It’s perfect for press conferences, private parties, corporate events and even team-building exercises. Attendees have access to a 200-seat panoramic projection theater, a large reception space and plenty of interactive exhibits to have fun with. There’s also a 1906 Charles Looff Carousel, 107-years-old restored and renamed in 2014 to the LeRoy King Carousel, to impress guests, as well as a rooftop terrace offering stunning views of the city.

111 Minna Gallery (111 Minna St.)
A 4,700 square-foot SOMA gallery for up-and-coming artists by day and a wine bar attracting hipsters and techies by night, the 111 Minna Gallery is equally known for its innovative art exhibitions and impressive cultural events, corporate presentations and parties in San Francisco. The space evokes the dramatic effect of an urban industrial warehouse with 16-foot high walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed piping overhead. State-of-the-art technology and audio equipment team with two full bars, catering and professional support staff all within steps to The Moscone Center.

Ultimately, navigating the ins and outs of selecting, booking and promoting your San Francisco event is best left to the experts. Contact our team at San Francisco Travel and let us ensure your event is planned down to the last detail at any one of these amazing venues.

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