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Graced with grand windows, intricate ironwork, and lofty ceilings, the landmark Franklin School, home of Planet Word, is a uniquely stunning venue for your most important personal and corporate events. What memories will you create here?

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Planet Word is committed to making our meeting and event space accessible to groups that share our mission to renew and inspire a love of words and language. For more information about reserving low- and no-cost space for your event, please contact the programming department at programs@planetwordmuseum.org.

If you represent a non-profit organization that serves a different mission, please inquire about our non-profit rental rates.

More Spaces

The Rooftop Terrace

Featuring views north and west across verdant Franklin Square and the rooftops of D.C.’s K Street Corridor, the Rooftop Terrace is a gorgeous outdoor venue for pre-dinner cocktails, post-dinner dessert, or a sunset reception. The Rooftop Terrace can be combined with the Mansard Room for larger events.

AV: speakers, WiFi

The AT&T Plaza

Anchored by Speaking Willow, an interactive sculpture from renowned artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, the AT&T plaza is a ground-level courtyard oasis just off K Street. The AT&T Plaza can be combined with the Friedman Family Auditorium for pre-performance or post-performance receptions.

AV: speakers, WiFi

The Friedman Family Auditorium

This 150-seat, beautifully appointed auditorium has its own entrance right off the AT&T Plaza. The space includes a dedicated AV booth and a green room.

AV: HD projector, architectural and theatrical lighting, PTZ cameras, large projection screen,  speaker amp system, assisted listening, WiFi

Welcome Lobby

Our delightful Welcome Lobby makes a flexible gathering place: its welcome desks can double as bars and the glass-enclosed entry vestibule can serve as a check-in area. The space features graceful details like the iconic arches that define the Franklin School, and terrazzo floors embedded with a swirling design of written symbols from the past to the present. The Welcome Lobby can be combined with the AT&T Plaza or the Friedman Family Auditorium for larger events, or can serve as a pre-dinner cocktail space when combined with the Great Hall.

AV: WiFi

Classroom A

A versatile room with beautiful natural light, a craft sink, and the historic feel of a nineteenth-century schoolroom.

AV: power & data, flat screen smart TV, WiFi

Classroom B

This space contains has a craft sink and an easily configured layout. It also contains our interactive Portal, which links to dozens of Portals around the world for immersive, international connections.

AV: power & data, WiFi, touch-enabled interactive projector

Lexicon Lane

Mysteries, riddles, and puzzles await in our special game room. Search for clues along Lexicon Lane and crack each case one by one — great for team bonding or solo sleuthing!

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schedule your event. For questions about the event spaces, email host@planetwordmuseum.org.

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