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University Facilities

A 16-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 26 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 Reception Hall


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

Kellen BioLink


Located on the University’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation–David Rockefeller River Campus, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen BioLink is a large multipurpose room that can be used as a single large meeting space or divided into up to three smaller spaces with top-of-the-line audiovisual equipment and long glass walls with views of the East River.

Ideal for:

  • Receptions (capacity 130)
  • Boardroom style meetings (capacity 50)
  • Classroom style seating (capacity 30 per room or 100 with no dividers)
Kellen BioLink

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

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, Great Performances.

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.

COVID-19 Policy

By hosting an event at The Rockefeller University, all attendees agree to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols as determined by The Rockefeller University at the time of the event. Please review The Rockefeller University’s COVID-19 Policy before completing a rental application.


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

Samantha Tuly

Development Officer, Outreach Programming and Events