Chautauqua Institution

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ConferenceChautauqua Institution and the Athenaeum Hotel provide exceptional service, unique options, and a beautiful location for your special event -- whether that be for your rehearsal dinner, shower, wedding, and/conference. Overlooking Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York, Chautauqua offers a variety of unique meeting venues and can accommodate any group. The unique setting and quiet atmosphere is conducive to creative thinking and will ensure a memorable and productive meeting for any organization.

The Athenaeum Hotel is a seasonal property in operation from late April through October each year. Conferences and weddings are available during the off-season months of April, May, early June, September, and October.

The Hall of Philosophy -- one of our most popular sites for wedding ceremonies -- is a turn of the century structure reminiscent of an early Greek Temple with its stone-like columns, open walls, and heavy timber roof all nestled within a grove of hardwoods giving a truly romantic feeling to any wedding ceremony. Enjoy your reception at the Athenaeum Hotel where you and your guests will be enchanted by the historic ambiance and 200-foot porch that provides scenic views of Chautauqua Lake.

Download our complete wedding information packet for a comprehensive list of dining menus and amenity descriptions including: Event Consultation, Outsource Referrals, Culinary Consultations, Transportation, Lodging, Activities, Audio/Visual Equipment and Facility Setup.

Download our Special Event Buffet menus.

Contact our Special Events Coordinator at 716-357-6389 or at


We are here to help

If you have a question about any aspect of your trip to Chautauqua, we have knowledgeable staff members ready to assist you.

Ticket Office
Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(716) 357-6250

Chautauqua Institution
P.O. Box 28
1 Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, NY 14722