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University Facilities

A 14-acre private oasis at the edge of Manhattan’s bustling Upper East Side, Rockefeller University’s campus is among the city’s most spectacular and soothing landscapes, and has been described by The New York Times as “a musical composition of light, shadow and shades of green.” Designed by noted landscape architect Daniel Kiley, the well-tended grounds are shaded by century-old London plane trees and bloom with azaleas each spring. In addition to breathtaking views of the East River and historic Queensboro Bridge, visitors to Rockefeller enjoy dramatic works of art — including pieces by Alexander Calder, Chuck Close and Frank Stella — from The University’s permanent collection.

The University’s 21 buildings house a community of world- renowned scientists who conduct research at the leading edge of biological and biomedical science and train the next generation of researchers.

Venues at Rockefeller University

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Dining Room

 

An airy, elegant space defined by clean lines and plentiful light. Glass doors open onto a 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio overlooking the Philosopher’s Garden.

Ideal for:

  • Seated dining (capacity 100)
  • Standing reception (capacity 120)
  • Classroom-style seating (capacity 75)
  • Theater-style seating (capacity 150)
abbey dining hall

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Lounge

 

Trimmed with rich oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and striking modern artwork, this graceful hall is situated adjacent to Caspary Auditorium and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Dining Room.

Ideal for:

  • Standing reception (capacity 120)
Abby Aldrich Lounge

Caspary Auditorium

 

The University’s main lecture and performance space is a one-of-a-kind domed auditorium with a generous stage and finely tuned acoustics.

  • Capacity 430
  • Stage 16′ x 30′
  • No backstage area or wings
Caspary Auditorium

Cohn Library

 

Lined with antique books and adorned with a stone fireplace, Cohn Library is an intimate setting for small and medium-sized meetings or dinners.

Ideal for:

  • Seated dining (capacity 50)
  • Classroom-style seating (capacity 25)
  • Conference-style meetings (capacity 24)
  • Theater-style seating (capacity 50)
Cohn Library

Rockefeller Research Building Room 110

 

With magnificent views of the East River and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, Rockefeller Research Building Room 110 is a unique meeting space fully equipped with self-service projection and sound equipment.

Ideal for:

  • U-Shape (capacity 28)
  • Conference-style meetings (capacity 24)
  • Theater-style seating (capacity 50)
Rockefeller Research Building 110

Weiss Research Building Lecture Halls 301 & 305

 

Fully equipped with self-service projection and sound equipment, these twin lecture halls feature eight spacious rows of tiered seating each.

Ideal for:

  • Tiered classroom seating (capacity 80)
Weiss Research Building

Weiss Café

 

Floor-length windows overlooking Roosevelt Island and the Queensboro Bridge add elegant ambiance to this modern, spacious banquet room.

Ideal for:

  • Seated dining (capacity 250)
  • Standing reception (capacity 300)

 

Weiss Cafe

Rental Policy

 

The Rockefeller University rents its facilities to nonprofit organizations and institutions for events that serve an educational, scientific and/or public service purpose.

All organizations or institutions holding an event at the University will be expected to have in-effect insurance covering the event at a level approved by the University, to name the University as an additional insured, and to use an insurance carrier approved by the University. In addition, catering arrangements for all events must be made through the University’s exclusive caterer, Restaurant Associates.

All facility rentals are subject to approval by the University. The University prohibits use of its premises and shared facilities for events with a partisan political, religious or fundraising purpose. University shared facilities cannot be used for weddings, private parties, personal events, or by religious organizations. In addition, the University’s facilities are not available during the weekend.

 


Rental Application

If you are interested in hosting an event at The Rockefeller University, please complete the Facilities Rental Application. All requests will be reviewed as soon as possible. After review, a member of the RU Events team will contact you regarding availability. Inquiries cannot be accepted without completion of the rental application.


Contact

Additional facilities are available.
For more information or to schedule a site visit, please contact the Development Office.

Kathleen Gaffney

Development Officer, Outreach Programming and Events