Contemporary Arts Center

The Contemporary Arts Center is Cincinnati’s destination for modern art. Located at the epicenter of downtown nightlife and housed in one of Cincinnati’s architectural trophies, this stunning space is the perfect location for an arts and entertainment loving couple.

Exterior of the Rosenthal Center for the Arts – commonly known as the C.A.C.

The CAC is housed in Zaha Hadid-designed Rosenthal Center for the Arts. Hadid was an internationally renowned architect – frequently deemed a “starchitect” – who’s design was hailed by the New York Times’ architecture critic as “the most important American building to be completed since the cold war.” The striking structure, situated on a prominent downtown corner, is a gem of downtown.

The Dr. Stanley & Mickey Kaplan Hall

The most common wedding reception location is in the main lobby, known as the Kaplan Hall. Located at street level with floor to ceiling windows lets the surrounding urban landscape and life serve as the backdrop to your reception. The lobby feature white, black, and bare cement decor, serving as a neutral palette and the opportunity to personalize the appearance with lighting and decorations. The lobby seats up to 210 people making it the perfect size for many weddings.

Tables set up in Kaplan Hall, the main lobby of the museum

Rentals at the museum include private spaces for the bridal party and the groomsmen to prepare for the wedding. A children’s space (the UnMuseum) is available to occupy your younger guests attention while you have your ceremony. A select list of caterers are provided for you to choose from.

A past image of the lobby in it’s normal “museum” configuaration. Note the layout changes from time to time.

Additional spaces for rent include the basement called the Black Box Performance Theater – notable for its black walls, floor and ceiling, and Lower Lobby Lounge, both located in the basement.

Sidebar: Enjoy the Museum for Free

Thanks to generous donations and a strong patron’s drive to enable all to enjoy art, the C.A.C. has had free admission for all since 2016. We at Wedding Venues Cincinnati strongly encourage everyone to enjoy the groundbreaking art and exhibits on display at this great cultural institution.


Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary ArtWebsite

44 E. 6th Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202