The Dowse Art Museum
The Dowse Art Museum is made up of multi-purpose event spaces placed around an enclosed outdoor courtyard. The spaces can be configured in a multitude of ways to cater for anything from a staff workshop for 20, a formal lecture for 80, or a 120-seat dining/reception area.
A winner of numerous design and architecture awards, The Dowse is perfectly suited to a variety of corporate, community and social events, including weddings, conferences, receptions, fairs, seminars, birthdays, workshops and launches—anything requiring an injection of creative flair!
There is pay and display parking for easy accessibility, and a regular bus service from downtown Wellington stops nearby. There is disabled access to all public spaces.
Our friendly team is happy to discuss any special requirements you may need. We are liquor-licensed and AV equipment is available, including free WiFi.
James Coe 1 is the largest of our spaces with a high ceiling, great acoustics and access to the Courtyard.
—THEATRE STYLE: 100
—WORKSHOP STYLE: 80
James Coe 2 is a smaller room that can be fully enclosed or used as a break-out space to complement James Coe 1. It has beautiful natural light, with large glass sliding doors to access the central Courtyard. The floors are varnished wood.
—THEATRE STYLE: 50
—WORKSHOP STYLE: 30
The James Coe Centre consists of James Coe 1 and 2 together. A moveable wall links these two spaces together.
—THEATRE STYLE: 150
—FISHBONE STYLE: 120
The Foyer is a large reception area, perfect as an addition to James Coe 2 for evening events. It has access to the Courtyard and is bright and spacious. Due to our opening hours, the foyer can only be used after 5PM, but this makes it great for cocktail-style events.
—THEATRE STYLE: 80
The James Coe Centre and Foyer can be used together as one big space, perfect for large cocktail-style events, receptions and dinners.
—FISHBONE STYLE: 150
The Meeting Room is an intimate, well-lit space. With walls suitable for projection and space for whiteboards and flipcharts, it’s perfect for smaller meetings with minimal catering.
—BOARDROOM STYLE: 12
Resource & Functions Coordinator
T 04 560 1472