Since its establishment in 1947, the Middle East Institute (MEI) has been dedicated to improving understanding of the Middle East and promoting its culture. Situated in the heart of historic Dupont Circle, MEI is an easily accessible and unique event space with beautiful headquarters renovated in 2019. Our large conference room is equipped with a state of the art AV system and is perfect for your next corporate meeting, cocktail party, or reception. Located adjacent to the conference room is an enclosed courtyard that can be utilized for your event or simply be a place to get fresh air and relax. Your guests can also enjoy our rotating curated exhibits in the main lobby featuring artists from across the Middle East and diaspora. 

Please see photos of the venue below. For booking inquiries, please email We look forward to hosting you! 

The Conference Room

Our conference space can be equipped with tables and chairs for presentations and meetings or cleared with scattered high tops for receptions and parties. 


Seated: 125

Standing: 200





The Gallery

Our rotating gallery offers a unique experience for guests. With 3-4 different exhibits every year, it celebrates the rich culture of the Middle East and its global diaspora. 








The Courtyard

The Thomas J. Campbell Courtyard extends the reception space allowing outdoor gathering. 









Parties and Reception

Transform the space and host an unforgettable party.